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The latest on those cut French fiber optic cables. The Army's plans for its active-duty cyber corps. And Ukraine issues an alert to journalists. This is CyberScoop for June 13.

French fiber optic cable investigation focus narrows

French investigators believe that radicals who oppose digital society are responsible for the fiber optic cable cuts that paralyzed Internet service across France in April, according to Kave Salamatian, a French academic who specializes in internet resilience. Salamatian, a well-known expert in large-scale networks who has worked with the French government in the recent past, said he has been briefed on the investigation by colleagues at the National Cybersecurity Agency of France. French news reports show that the cuts to the cables in April are just the latest of several sabotages on mass communication equipment.  Many radicals in France oppose the deployment of 5G and across the past two years relay antennas have been set on fire, fiber optic cables have been severed, and telephone relays have been destroyed with grinders. In many cases arrests have been made and suspects have said they acted out of a desire to stop 5G and other modes of mass communication. Suzanne Smalley has more.

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Army to double size of active-duty cyber corps

The Army intends to double the size of its active-duty cyber corps by the end of the decade, including boosting its electronic warfare capacity, according to service officials. The service is putting more emphasis on these types of capabilities to compete with advanced adversaries such as China and Russia. The service plans to increase the size of its cyber branch across all components — Active, Guard and Reserve — from just over 5,000 personnel today to just over 7,000 by 2030, the spokesperson said. Read the rest from Jon Harper at FedScoop.

Ukraine puts journalists on alert

The Ukrainian government issued an alert Friday about a phishing campaign that has targeted more than 500 members of the Ukrainian media. The State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine attributed the attack with "medium certainty" to Sandworm, the alleged Russian military group involved with attacking Ukraine's energy industry in April. "Specialists warn that cyber criminals have been increasingly resorting to email spamming from compromised addresses of public institutions," the alert states. Check out the alert.


Building cyber defense strategies to counter increasingly agile attacks

FortiGuard Labs’ Derek Manky discusses recent attack methods that show a new level of sophistication and agility to exfiltrate data and evade defensive techniques. He points to new cybersecurity strategies and tools, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, to build up defenses against these attacks. Hear more from Manky.

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