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Biden mulls punishments for Russia over suspected role in government hack

President-elect will consider options for unprecedented attackWhat we know – and still don’t – about the cyber-attackAs Joe Biden weighed options to punish Russia for its suspected hacking of US government agencies and companies, one leading Republican accused Moscow of “acting with impunity” and others called for retaliatory strikes. Related: Trump attempt to overturn election is ‘nutty and loopy’, Romney says Continue reading…

Homeland Security agency says foreign hack extended beyond SolarWinds

Authorities investigating suspected Russian hacking into the US Treasury Department report that the operation extended far beyond SolarWinds.The hacking of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), in late 2020, reportedly involved exploiting vulnerabilities in many systems. It was not, as previously suspected, confined to the SolarWinds networking software.According to the Wall Street Journal, almost a third of all victims of the hacking did not use SolarWinds, and had no connection with the product. Brandon Wales, acting director of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said that the hackers used far more avenues than initially believed. Read more…

Naomi Klein: how big tech helps India target climate activists

Companies such as Google and Facebook appear to be aiding and abetting a vicious government campaign against Indian environmental campaignersRepublished with permission from The InterceptThe bank of cameras camped outside Delhi’s sprawling Tihar jail was the sort of media frenzy you would expect to await a prime minister caught in an embezzlement scandal, or a Bollywood star caught in the wrong bed. Instead, the cameras were waiting for Disha Ravi, a nature-loving 22-year-old vegan climate activist who against all odds has found herself ensnared in an Orwellian legal saga that includes accusations of sedition, incitement and involvement in an international conspiracy whose elements include (but are not limited to): Indian farmers in revolt, the global pop star Rihanna, supposed plots against yoga and chai, Sikh separatism and Greta Thunberg.If you think that sounds far-fetched, well, so did the judge who released Ravi after nine days in jail under police interrogation. Judge Dharmender Rana was supposed to rule on whether Ravi, one of the founders of the Indian chapter of Fridays for Future, the youth climate group started by Thunberg, should continue to be denied bail. He ruled that there was no reason for bail to be denied, which cleared the way for Ravi’s return to her home in Bengaluru that night. Continue reading…