China, Russia and Iran economic spying on U.S. rampant: report

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON – A Chinese cyberespionage group called APT10 relentlessly attacks U.S. engineering, telecom and aerospace industries. Russian hackers last year compromised dozens of U.S. energy companies. Iranian hackers known as "Rocket Kitten" repeatedly target American defense companies in hopes of stealing information to boost Tehran's missile and space programs. While Moscow's efforts to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election are widely known, spy services from China, Russia and Iran, along with their proxy hackers, also are hard at work trying to steal trade secrets and proprietary information from the United States, according to a government report released Thursday. A classified version of the report was sent to Congress.


Facebook uncovers Iran disinformation to sow political discord over Trump, race

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

This simple checklist will help make sure your vote counts. The Facebook app logo is displayed on an iPad next to a picture of the Facebook logo on an iPhone on August 3, 2016 in London, England. SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook has uncovered a covert Iranian disinformation campaign which attempted to sow political discord in the U.S. over such hot-button issues as race, immigration, police brutality and President Trump ahead of the November midterm elections. The social media giant said Friday it detected the activity coming from dozens of pages, accounts and groups on Facebook and Instagram late last week. Facebook removed 82 Facebook pages, groups and accounts for "coordinated inauthentic behavior" that originated in Iran and targeted people in the U.S. and U.K. over the course of the last year, the company said.


Vast archive of tweets reveals work of trolls backed by Russia and Iran

The Guardian

More than 10m tweets sent by state actors attempting to influence US politics have been released to the public, forming one of the largest archives of political misinformation ever collated. The database reveals the astonishing extent of two misinformation campaigns, which spent more than five years sowing discord in the US and had spillover effects in other national campaigns, including Britain's EU referendum. Twitter announced on Wednesday that it was making the tweets available to researchers and the public to support broader analysis of how misinformation campaigns operate. The archives contain tweets sent between 2013 and 2018 by 3,800 accounts associated with the St Petersburg-based Internet Research Agency, which generated 9m tweets; and 700 accountsassociated with a smaller misinformation campaign backed by Iran, which produced 1m tweets. Including the videos and images the political trolls uploaded, the database comes to more than 350GB in size.


Pentagon, Russia hold video conference after bombing of CIA-backed Syrian rebels - Russia's defense minister visits Syria, meets Assad

FOX News

The Pentagon held a video-teleconference with Russian defense officials Saturday, two days after Russia bombed Pentagon and CIA-backed rebels not once, but twice on Thursday near Syria's border with Iraq and Jordan. The bombings killed an unspecified number of fighters. The Pentagon said these US-backed rebels were fighting ISIS, which Russia has also bombed in the past. The second wave of strikes occurred after the US military called Russia on an emergency byline established following Russia's deployment of dozens of fighter jets and attack helicopters to Syria in late 2015. On Friday, Defense Secretary Ash Carter called the Russian attacks "problematic."


Donald Trump's son-in-law working to launch 'Trump TV' station after election, report claims

The Independent - Tech

Donald Trump could be planning to launch a TV station soon after the election, according to new reports. Some have suggested that Mr Trump's plan for Trump TV might be his way of seizing on the fans he has cultivated as part of his election campaign. Mr Trump's campaign may even be partly motivated by a potential plan to establish a media empire, others have said. Mr Trump's son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner has approached the head of LionTree, an investment bank experienced in media deals, according to the Financial Times. The conversation was brief and hasn't moved on since they spoke in the last couple of months, the paper reported, but Mr Kushner may have consulted with other people in the time since.