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How Russia-Linked Malware Cut Heat to 600 Ukrainian Buildings in Deep Winter

Lvivteploenergo didn’t respond to WIRED’s request for comment, nor did the SBU. Ukraine’s cybersecurity agency, the State Services for Special Communication and Information Protection, declined to comment. In its breakdown of the heating utility attack, Dragos says that the FrostyGoop malware was used to target ENCO control devices—Modbus-enabled industrial monitoring tools sold by the Lithuanian […]

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Spyware Users Exposed in Major Data Breach

But that’s not all. Each week, we round up the security news we didn’t cover in depth ourselves. Click on the headlines to read the full stories. And stay safe out there. For the third time since 2010, spyware vendor mSpy has suffered a substantial data breach, this time exposing millions of customers and prospective

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Notorious Hacker Kingpin ‘Tank’ Is Finally Going to Prison

For more than a decade, Vyacheslav Igorevich Penchukov—a Ukrainian who used the online hacker name “Tank”—managed to evade cops. When FBI and Ukrainian officials raided his Donetsk apartment in 2010, the place was deserted and Penchukov had vanished. But the criminal spree came to a juddering halt at the end of 2022, when he traveled

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How Disinformation From a Russian AI Spam Farm Ended up on Top of Google Search Results

In the space of 24 hours, a piece of Russian disinformation about Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky’s wife buying a Bugatti car with American aid money traveled at warp speed across the internet. Though it originated from an unknown French website, it quickly became a trending topic on X and the top result on Google. On

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The Tech Crash Course That Trains US Diplomats to Spot Threats

By the time the Senate unanimously confirmed Nate Fick to be America’s cyber ambassador in September 2022, tech diplomacy headaches were impossible to ignore, and Fick quickly tasked his team with creating a modern training program and embedding it in the FSI’s regular curriculum. “He understood that we needed to do more and better in

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Security News This Week: Google Is Piloting Face Recognition for Office Security

WIRED learned this week that Amazon Web Services investigated claims that the AI search startup Perplexity may have violated the cloud company’s rules by appearing to pull data from websites that have attempted to shield themselves from such scraping. The news comes after WIRED published findings last week about the AI search chatbot’s indiscriminate data-scraping

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A Russian Propaganda Network Is Promoting an AI-Manipulated Biden Video

Among the prominent accounts sharing the video was Russian Market, which has 330,000 followers and is operated by the Swiss social media personality Vadim Loskutov, who is known for praising Russia and criticizing the West. The video was also shared by Tara Reade, who defected to Russia in 2023 in a bid for citizenship. Reade

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The Secret Telegram Channels Providing Refuge for LGBTQ+ People in Russia

Telegram’s prevalence as a far-right hub in some parts of the world and a place for both pro- and anti-LGBTQ+ content in Russia gets at broader questions of moderation and regulation on social media platforms. Any platform that’s not trying to crack down on any type of content, Walter notes, will become “a place where

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