Tag Archives: Russia

FBI Director Christopher Wray Calls for Coordination to Fight Ransomware Attacks

Christopher Wray

FBI Director Christopher Wray said the bureau was investigating approximately 100 various types of ransomware and the recent attacks on oil and meat processing companies accounted for only a fraction of those types of ransomware. He highlighted the importance of coordination between companies and law enforcement authorities in identifying those behind the attacks and finding ways to counter threat actors.

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Space-Based Capabilities Critical to U.S. National Security, DOD Officials Say

John Hill

John Hill, principal director for space policy at the Department of Defense (DOD), told the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) that the U.S. needs bolstered space-based technologies to compete with foreign adversaries. Hill said U.S. national security requires these technologies as adversaries Russia and China continue to invest in counter-space systems.

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U.S. Spy Agencies Review Software Supplier Ties to Russia Following SolarWinds Hack

John Demers

John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security at the Department of Justice, said the FBI and other intelligence agencies launched a review of vulnerabilities originating from software suppliers that have ties with Russia to determine if there is "back-end software design and coding" that makes intrusions into U.S. companies possible.

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Michael White: Hypersonics Key to Ensuring US Battlefield Dominance

Michael White

Michael White, principal director for Hypersonics at the Office of the undersecretary of defense for research and engineering (OUSD (R&E)), said the Department of Defense’s (DOD) modernization strategy considers hypersonics as one of the top priorities in order to ensure edge on the battlefield. White said the Pentagon came up with the Hypersonics Modernization Strategy to advance the development of hypersonic-based warfighting capabilities. 

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FBI, DHS Provide Information on Russian Intell Agency’s Cyber Exploitation Techniques

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The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have released a joint advisory to provide information on cyber tools and techniques used by Russian Foreign Intelligence Service actors to compromise government networks, information technology companies and think tanks. FBI also observed that SVR actors have transitioned from using malware to homing in on cloud-based platforms. 

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U.S. Army Refocusing Electronic Warfare Capabilities to Indo-Pacific Region; Col. Daniel Holland Quoted

U.S. Army

The U.S. Army announced that the service branch is seeking ways to optimize forthcoming electronic warfare equipment to operate in the Indo-Pacific theater against maritime targets. Until recently, the Army’s research on electromagnetic spectrum-related capabilities has focused on countering Russia's threat in Europe. However, some prototype equipment has reached units operating in the Pacific theater. 

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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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DOD, Allied Counterparts Form Polar Environment Research Partnership

ICE-PPR

The Department of Defense (DoD) has entered into an agreement with six allied counterparts to conduct research into the environmental conditions of the Earth’s polar regions. ICE-PPR comes as part of the U.S. Navy’s efforts to survey the Arctic landscape to potentially gain an advantage over U.S. rivals such as Russia and China. 

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Congress Holds Hearing On DOD Electromagnetic Spectrum Capability Weaknesses

U.S. Congress

A panel of experts stated at a hearing before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies and Information Systems that the U.S. military must better integrate electromagnetic spectrum operations throughout its ranks to succeed against U.S. adversaries. C4ISRNET reported the panel’s statements on Monday. 

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William Burns Confirmed as CIA Director

William Burns

The Senate confirmed William Burns, former deputy secretary of state, a veteran diplomat and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, to lead the CIA as its director. During his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee in February, he said politics should not interfere with intelligence work. Burns is president of the international affairs think tank Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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