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The DOJ pursues alleged critical infrastructure-hacking Russians. Techies unite to help Ukraine stay connected. And NATO and G-7 leaders join hands over Russian cyberattacks. This is CyberScoop for March 25.

Indictments in Trisis, Dragonfly cases

The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday unsealed two indictments from 2021 charging four Russian government employees with a string of hacking operations and attempts to penetrate critical infrastructure networks in the U.S. and abroad. The indictments are related to the well-documented Trisis or Triton hacks, as well as the Dragonfly campaign, which included attempts to breach the network of a U.S. nuclear facility. The agency unsealed the indictments because "they highlight the kind of thing we are concerned about in the current environment," a senior department official told reporters. AJ Vicens and Joe Warminsky have the context.

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Keeping Ukraine connected

Security experts are banding together to keep Ukraine online in an old-fashioned way: getting routers and other telecommunications equipment to the front lines. One group, Global Network Operator Groups (NOGs) Alliance, has seen an outpouring of donations of equipment and plans to drive a second truck worth down from Berlin to Ukraine soon. But the equipment would mean nothing without the heroic efforts of those on the ground fixing it, a top Ukrainian official said. “This is one of the factors that probably explains the success of the Ukrainian resistance," said Victor Zhora, deputy chairman of the country’s State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection. Tonya Riley reports.

Okta breach raises questions

The Okta breach by the Lapsus$ crew continued to draw attention Thursday from security experts, as British police said they arrested several alleged members of the cybercrime group. Phobos Group founder Dan Tentler said the episode raises new questions about the lack of vetting many firms do of third-party vendors. He also called the attack a reminder that too often corporations devote all of their attention to major attacks by state actors without doing basic security checks and vetting logs for anomalies. Consultant and IANS faculty member Jake Williams called the delay in disclosure by Okta indefensible. "You had two months," he said, referring to the firm's silence after it learned of the attack. Suzanne Smalley has the story.

Western leaders vow to counter Russian retaliatory cyberattacks

Leaders of NATO and G-7 emerged Thursday from a series of summits in Brussels with pledges to work harder to fend off any Russian cyberattacks against Ukraine and other allies. They committed to improving threat intelligence sharing and punishing Russian offenders, specifically, and to countering Kremlin disinformation. The statements come mere days after President Joe Biden warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin has his "back against the wall" facing an alliance seeking to inflict pain against his nation over the Ukraine invasion, with cyberattacks one option Putin might consider. Tim Starks has the rundown.

Google details dual North Korean hacking threats against Chrome

Two distinct North Korean hacking groups were using the same exploit kit to target a since-patched vulnerability in the Google Chrome web browser, the company's Threat Analysis Group announced Thursday. One group was using the flaw to target media and IT professionals in the U.S. and elsewhere with phony job listings. The other campaign targeted cryptocurrency and fintech enthusiasts. AJ has this one, too.

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