Tag Archives: North Korea

Avril Haines Submits Intelligence Community’s 2021 Global Threat Assessment to Congress

Avril Haines

Avril Haines, director of National Intelligence (DNI) and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, has submitted to Congress a report detailing the global threats to U.S. national security in accordance with section 617 of the fiscal year 2021 Intelligence Authorization Act. The 2021 Annual Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community looks at the diverse array of threats the U.S. and its allies will face in the coming year. 

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Gen. Paul Nakasone on CYBERCOM’s Response to SolarWinds Breach, ‘Defend Forward’ Concept

Gen. Paul Nakasone

Gen. Paul Nakasone, commander of U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, said CYBERCOM continues to play a “key role” in the U.S. government’s ongoing response to the SolarWinds hack. He also mentioned in his speech the cyber threats posed by Russia, China, Iran and North Korea and the importance of partnerships with the U.S. private sector and foreign allies.

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CISA, Treasury, FBI Issue Advisory on North Korea’s Cryptocurrency Malware ‘AppleJeus’

Ransomware

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of the Treasury (DOT) and the FBI have released a joint advisory about the AppleJeus malware and other indicators of compromise that North Korea-backed threat actors use to perform cryptocurrency theft. The joint advisory released Wednesday provides technical details about seven versions of AppleJeus malware that Hidden Cobra actors have been using since 2018. 

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Senate Confirms Antony Blinken as Secretary of State

Antony Blinken

The Senate has confirmed Antony Blinken, former deputy secretary of state during the Obama administration, to lead the State Department in a 78-22 vote on Tuesday, The New York Times reported. During his confirmation hearing, Blinken said he plans to review U.S. policy toward North Korea and take a tougher approach to Russia and China. 

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Commerce Department Imposes New Controls to Prevent US Citizens From Backing WMD, Foreign Military Intell Activities

Commerce Entity List

The Department of Commerce’s (DOC) bureau of industry and security has announced new controls to prevent U.S. individuals from supporting weapons of mass destruction programs and foreign military intelligence activities in Russia, China, Cuba, Venezuela and other terrorist-backing countries. The bureau is broadening the license requirements for exports to military intelligence end users in those countries. 

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CISA, FBI, USCYBEROM Issue Warning on ‘Kimsuky’ North Korean-Backed Hacking Group

Cybercrime

The FBI, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and U.S. Cyber Command Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF) have issued a joint advisory to warn the public of a North Korean-linked hacking group called Kimsuky. CISA, FBI and CNMF utilized data from intelligence reporting and open-source databases to consolidate Kimsuky's tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP).

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Louisiana Nat’l Guard Responds to Gov’t Cyber Attacks Ahead of 2020 Elections

Cybersecurity

The National Guard has responded to alleged cases of cyber breaches at government offices in Louisiana weeks ahead of this year’s presidential elections. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued an advisory on a new form of malware called "emotet” which has worm-like qualities. Cybersecurity experts have attributed the cyber attacks in Louisiana to a hacking group backed by North Korea. 

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Four Agencies Issue Cyber Alert on Bank Robbery Scheme Linked to North Korea’s BeagleBoyz Group

DHS

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and three other agencies have released a joint alert about the FASTCash bank robbery campaign carried out by a group of North Korean government-linked cyber threat actors called BeagleBoyz. The alert said North Korea through the group BeagleBoyz has resumed its bank robbery scheme since February targeting financial institutions in several countries

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