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Mandiant susses out a a pro-China information operation. Cyber Command makes a plea to industry. And New York appoints a "chief cyber officer." This is CyberScoop for June 28.

Chinese info op targets rare earths companies

An information operation known as Dragonbridge that has pushed pro-Chinese government positions since at least 2019 is targeting a trio of rare earths companies, according to research from cybersecurity firm Mandiant released Tuesday. The operation involved fake social media profiles, the promotion of real commentary and the microtargeting of potentially sympathetic audiences. The goal is driving opposition to Australian, Canadian and American rare earths mining firms and to further China's aim of market control, researchers suspect. The issue is a matter of national security for both sides, according to the Mandiant team, with China seeing rare earths dominance as a means to leverage power and the U.S. seeing its dependence on China as a national security threat. AJ Vicens explains.

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Cyber Command leader implores industry to share intel on cyber threats

Industry should share more information about cyber threats with the government, U.S. Cyber Command Executive Director Dave Frederick said during a webinar Monday. Frederick said more industry information is needed to bolster the fight to secure the internet and called on companies to proactively share cybersecurity intelligence to enhance Cyber Command’s defensive capabilities. Cyber Command shares intelligence it collects on overseas defensive “hunt forward” teams with industry, which then uses it to fight adversary malware, Frederick said. The strategy works “almost like giving an antidote to a virus,” but Frederick said more is needed from the private sector because it owns most critical infrastructure and Cyber Command can improve its work with more “early warning.” Suzanne Smalley has the story.

New York governor appoints state’s first ‘chief cyber officer’

Months after launching a statewide security operations center to protect against mounting cyberattacks, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Monday named Colin Ahern, a former New York City cyber official, as the state’s first chief cyber officer. As chief cyber officer, Ahern is tasked with overseeing operations of the state’s Joint Security Operations Center, which Hochul said upon the Brooklyn facility’s unveiling in February is designed as a hub for local governments and other entities rallying a defense against bad actors online and “terrorists who want to disrupt our way of life.” Ahern is also tasked in his new role with “working with executive management at every state agency,” according to a news release. Read the rest from Colin Wood at StateScoop.

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