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The topics discussed in this month’s Risk Roundtable include:
- Russia’s Drone Barrage Ineffective Due to ‘Poor Targeting Processes’—U.K.
- Exclusive: Inside Ukraine’s secretive drone program
- Russia says shoots down Ukraine-launched drones over Crimea, Kursk
- Gate 15 Resource Links: Drones
Artificial Intelligence: Oh ****, maybe we did start building SkyNet…
- AI Threat Placed on Par With Pandemics, Nuclear War
- “Tech executives and artificial-intelligence scientists are sounding the alarm about AI, saying in a joint statement Tuesday that the technology poses an extinction risk as great as pandemics and nuclear war. More than 350 people signed a statement released by the Center for AI Safety, an organization that said it works to reduce AI risks. ‘Mitigating the risk of extinction from AI should be a global priority alongside other societal-scale risks such as pandemics and nuclear war,’ the organization said. The signatories said they wanted to open up discussion about the most severe risks of AI.”
- AI-Controlled Drone Goes Rogue, ‘Kills’ Human Operator in USAF Simulated Test
- They Plugged GPT-4 Into Minecraft—and Unearthed New Potential for AI
- Patrick J McGovern Foundation, “About Us”
- Working Nation: ‘AI could potentially transform every job on the planet’ – A conversation with Vilas Dhar, president, The Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, by Ramona Schindelheim
Organized Retail Crime
Culture Wars, Pride Month and Physical Threats
- At Least 9 Target Stores Received Fake Bomb Threats Over Pride Merchandise
- Layton Target evacuated after bomb threats reported at multiple Utah stores.
- On the heels of the recent NTAS update noting, “In the coming months, factors that could mobilize individuals to commit violence include their perceptions of the 2024 general election cycle and legislative or judicial decisions pertaining to sociopolitical issues.”
- FBI investigating threats of violence to Omaha religious centers. “According to authorities, the author of the note claims to represent Jane’s Revenge — an abortion rights extremist group that Homeland Security has linked to arson attacks against buildings of ideological opponents.”
- Recent attacks put staffers on edge as authorities look for answers; Threats cut across party lines
- Target Pride backlash exposes ‘rainbow capitalism’ problem, designer says
- Pride Month is a war. Brands are the battlefield.
Some additional topics we didn’t get into but that were highlighted in this last week’s SUNs include the following.
- Motorists Face Hate Messages After White Supremacists Hack Interstate Road Sign
- Following another recent road sign hacking incident in Florida aimed at the LGBTQ community (and discussed in last week’s Security Sprint podcast), “Motorists traveling along Interstate 65 in Alabama were shocked to see white supremacist messages—including “Reclaim America”—flash up on a traffic sign on Monday after the apparent hacking of a digital message board. AL.com reports that multiple motorists had reported seeing the hate messages, also including ‘Patriot Front US,’ before the board in question was switched off…The Alabama Department of Transportation said that a contractor’s portable message board had been hacked.”
- FB-ISAO Threat Level Update, June 2023. Based on this review, we have determined to maintain all threat levels at GUARDED, meaning that FB-ISAO is aware that a general risk of incidents exists, but there are no target or time specific threats requiring an escalation in our overall preparedness at this time.
- Progress Software Releases Security Advisory for MOVEit Transfer. Progress Software has released a security advisory for a vulnerability in MOVEit Transfer—a Managed File Transfer Software. A cyber threat actor could exploit this vulnerability to take over an affected system. CISA urgers users and organizations to review the MOVEit Transfer Advisory, follow the mitigation steps, apply the necessary updates, and hunt for any malicious activity.
- Microsoft is attributing the these attacks to Cl0p ransomware.
- CISA Adds One Known Exploited Vulnerability to Catalog. CISA has added one new vulnerability to its Known Exploited Vulnerabilities Catalog, based on evidence of active exploitation.
- CVE-2023-34362 Progress MOVEit Transfer SQL Injection Vulnerability
- New York State Department of Financial Services MOVEit Transfer Vulnerability
- HuntressLabs, Mandiant, Rapid7, TrustedSec, and Trustwave have published more details on the attacks targeting MOVEit file-transfer appliances.
- Welcome to Hurricane Season!
- CSU released its second forecast for the 2023 Atlantic hurricane season on Thursday, 1 June
- The 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season Is Here – Here Are The Key Things You Should Know
- 2023 Atlantic Hurricane Season Has Officially Begun – Here’s What Is Typical In June And July
- Here’s How To Get Ready For Hurricane Season
- Risky Biz News: Russia’s FSB says NSA hacked iPhones in cyber-espionage campaign. “Russia’s FSB intelligence service claims to have uncovered a US intelligence operation that hacked the Apple smartphones of ‘diplomatic missions and embassies in Russia.’ The operation allegedly targeted thousands of devices, including the devices of Russian citizens and diplomatic representatives from NATO countries, the post-Soviet bloc, Israel, China, and South Africa. The attacks exploited a vulnerability in Apple smartphones. The FSB attributed the hacks to the US National Security Agency (NSA), and claimed Apple cooperated with the NSA for the attacks. Kaspersky: Operation Triangulation
- Joint Cybersecurity Advisory: U.S., ROK Agencies Alert: DPRK Cyber Actors Impersonating Targets to Collect Intelligence, PDF
- ‘The Comm’: The Group Linked to a Nationwide Swatting Rampage
- The 2024 race promises to be ‘very, very active’ in terms of foreign and domestic meddling, says former CISA chief
- Blended Threats – Study: Severe Weather–Related Power Outages Pose Increasing Threat to Patients Who Rely on Electronic Medical Equipment
- What the debt ceiling deal means for U.S. cyber agency
- Tree of Life synagogue: Gunman driven by ‘malice and hate’
- MSU reports gunman watched campus tours, searched school shootings prior to mass shooting
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