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Ukrainian officials warn about Russian cyberattacks on critical infrastructure. Erroneous tweets about a coup in China catch fire online. And the agency that safeguards the U.S. nuclear stockpile has cyber shortcomings. This is CyberScoop for Sept. 26.

Russia plans 'massive cyberattacks,' Ukraine says

The Russian government is planning “massive cyberattacks” against Ukrainian critical infrastructure facilities to “increase the effect of missile strikes on electrical supply facilities,” the Ukrainian government said Monday. The Russians are also planning to “increase the intensity of the DDoS attacks on the critical infrastructure of Ukraine’s closest allies, primarily Poland and the Baltic state,” the country’s Defense Intelligence agency said in a statement posted to a Ukrainian government website. AJ Vicens reports.

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What's the story behind #chinacoup?

One of the biggest news stories over the weekend wasn’t even news. But that didn’t stop erroneous reports about a coup in China from dominating Twitter and ultimately getting airtime on one of India’s most-watched news channels. It’s a textbook case of just how far — and fast — disinformation spreads online. Beyond that, it also reinforces that fact that political turmoil, wild speculation and unchecked social media posts can be an extremely potent combination. Suzanne Smalley has more.

Cyber troubles at U.S. nuclear security agency

The Government Accountability Office has identified major cybersecurity failings at the agency responsible for overseeing the U.S. nuclear stockpile. In an investigation published Thursday, the watchdog found that the National Nuclear Security Administration had fully implemented just four out of six foundational cybersecurity requirements within its traditional IT environment, which includes computer systems used for weapons design. John Hewitt Jones covers it in FedScoop.

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