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April 1, 2019
Raphael Satter / Associated Press

Raphael Satter / Associated Press  
Victims of International Espionage Campaigns Are Almost Never Notified by the FBI, Inspector General

Advisory letters typically sent by the FBI to victims of cybercrime were almost never issued in “national security cyber cases,” according to an audit of the FBI’s Cyber Victim Notification Process conducted by the Justice Department’s Inspector General. The failure to notify these victims that they are victims of international espionage campaigns leaves them in the dark. Out-of-date guidelines were among the problems that kept American victims of foreign spies from getting timely advice, according to the audit report, and the FBI said agreed with the audit’s recommendation to strengthen its procedures.

April 17, 2019
Raphael Satter / Associated Press

Raphael Satter / Associated Press  
Mysterious Spy Sought to Unearth Evidence of Anti-Kaspersky Campaign by Meeting With Cybersecurity Experts

A mysterious man who called himself Lucas Lambert spent several months last year investigating critics of Kaspersky Lab, organizing at least four meetings with cybersecurity experts in London and New York, according to an AP investigation. In what appeared to be an undercover operation, Lambert met with Keir Giles, a Russia specialist with London’s Chatham House think tank and other experts and queried them about whether anyone had been paid to publicly undermine Kaspersky Lab. Kasperksy Lab has been embroiled in controversy and litigation in the U.S. and other countries over its possible ties to the Russian government. Lambert also targeted Michael Daniel, who served as former president Barack Obama’s cybersecurity czar. The operation appears linked to another operation carried out last year by Black Cube, an Israeli private intelligence firm, although Black Cube denies it conducted either operation. Kaspersky Lab denies any connection with Lambert.

May 14, 2019
Raphael Satter / Associated Press

Raphael Satter / Associated Press  
Iran-Linked ‘Endless Mayfly’ Ephemeral Disinformation Campaign Uses Inauthentic Websites, Internet Personas to Seed Fake News Stories

An Iran-linked, years-old, multilingual campaign aimed at seeding fake anti-Saudi, anti-Israel and anti-American stories via inauthentic websites and false personas, was discovered by Citizen Lab, based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School. John Scott-Railton and his colleagues at Citizen Lab identified 135 fake articles that were published as part of the campaign, dubbed “Endless Mayfly” because, like the short-lived insect, the bogus stories tended to disappear soon after they began to spread. The false and divisive stories were spread on websites that impersonate legitimate media outlets with the fake personas then using the articles to amplify them into social media conversations. Once the false content achieved social media dissemination, they were deleted, leading Citizen Lab to dub this kind of effort “ephemeral disinformation.” Endless Mayfly is still active although it has shifted its tactics.

August 27, 2018
Raphael Satter / Associated Press

Raphael Satter / Associated Press  
Russia’s Fancy Bear Hacking Group Targeted Ukraine’s Orthodox Christian Leaders, Other Religious Groups of Interest to the Kremlin

The hacking group Fancy Bear, also known by other names including APT 28, which is part of Russia’s military intelligence unit GRU, have spent years trying to steal the private correspondence of some of the world’s most senior Orthodox Christian figures, an analysis of security firm Secureworks’ data by the Associated Press reveals. Fancy Bear is most famously known for targeting the Democratic party during the 2016 presidential election. The targets of the Orthodox Christian hacking efforts include top aides to Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, a leader in the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church who claims the exclusive right to grant a “Tomos of Autocephaly,” or full ecclesiastic independence, sought by the Ukrainians as the country seeks a religious “divorce” from Russia. The malicious hackers’ religious targeting also included Muslims, Jews, and Catholics whose activities might conceivably be of interest to the Russian government.