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Another day, another report of a media website's defacement. A North Korean scheme targeted Russian diplomats, researchers say. And China's Hikvision has a request for Congress. This is CyberScoop for January 4.

Media outlets in Portugal latest hit by cyberattacks

Portugal's biggest newspaper and TV station, Expresso and SIC, were still dealing with a cyberattack that kept their websites offline Tuesday. Lapsus$ Group, a ransomware gang that claimed responsibility for the attack via messages that defaced those websites, also apparently tweeted from the Expresso account and sent text messages to customers of the outlets owned by media giant Impresa Group. It's the third time in a week that a major media organization got hit by a cyberattack, although the incidents appear unrelated. Tim Starks has the latest.

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North Korean hackers target Russian diplomats

A hacking group associated with the North Korean government used a New Year's Eve greeting aimed at the Russian diplomatic sector to hide malware, according to an analysis from Cluster25, the threat intelligence research division of cybersecurity firm DuskRise. In research published Monday, the researchers analyzed an operation that spoofed Russian embassy email addresses from Siberia to implant Konni remote access trojan malware on targets in the Russian embassy in Indonesia. A cybersecurity firm digs in.

Chinese surveillance giant swings at critics

Chinese surveillance company Hikvision is asking congressional ethics officials to investigate whether the research group IPVM violated federal lobbying disclosure laws, Axios reports. IPVM has produced investigations implicating the company in China’s human rights abuses against the Uyghur population. Hikvision says the group has used those investigations in discussions with U.S. policymakers to push punishment against the company. Read more.

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