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Monday Brief for 19 July 2021
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Monday Brief for 19 July 2021

New ransomware responses; iOS gets popped; and Hubble is back online

Tech Terms

Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) —An adversary that possesses sophisticated levels of expertise and significant resources which allow it to create opportunities to achieve its objectives by using multiple attack vectors (e.g., cyber, physical, and deception).

Administration rolls out new ransomware efforts

What’s New: The Biden administration has a new website, a new task force, and $10 million focused on blunting the growing ransomware scourge.

Why This Matters: The White House wants Americans to believe it’s serious about taking on ransomware.

SolarWinds attackers compromised iPhones

What’s New: Security researchers at Google and Microsoft say the Russian state hackers behind the SolarWinds attack also exploited an iOS zero-day (or “0-day”) vulnerability, according to Wired.

Why This Matters: The operation targeted Western European government officials in an effort to steal their Web authentication credentials.

Hubble telescope is back online

What’s New: NASA says that, after more than a month of work, a software problem with the Hubble Space Telescope is fixed.

Why This Matters: The 31-year-old bus-sized observatory has snapped more than 1 million pictures and collected troves of space data.

Let’s Get Visual

Source: Visual Capitalist

Nerd Humor

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Klon Kitchen is a managing director at Beacon Global Strategies and a nonresident senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.