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Mar 7 22 tweets 16 min read
#Russia #cyber ops in the war on #Ukraine - "We continue full spectrum operations w/a series of partners to include Ukraine to provide them assistance as they battle the Russians" @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA Gen Paul Nakasone tells lawmakers
#Russia "a very capable [#cyber] adversary" per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA "We continue to work very tightly w/our other partners within the US gvt -CISA, @FBI- to ensure our US critical infrastructure is protected, and @NATO in general"

“If the conflict continues to not go well for #Russia, there is some chance that Russia will be increasingly brazen in its cyberattacks” an NSA spox told @VOANews “...will increasingly look outside of Ukraine's territorial borders"…
#Disinformation threat-"This is much more of a priority in the context of integrated deterrence" @ASD_SOLIC Christopher Maier tells lawmakers

"...especially as we start to think abt adversaries we're trying to deter"
"We need to invest more in the DoD information enterprise" per @ASD_SOLIC "It will enhance our ability to coordinate"
"It begins overseas" per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA on countering #disinformation

"We're very familiar w/how to do these operations. We've seen it in the elections. We've seen it w/#Russia-#Ukraine. We've seen it w/#Iran... "
"The one thing thoygh we've learned on this is that they go away" per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA "They're always there & you always have to be persistent"
Targeting #ISIS-#Khorasan: "Part of addressing ISIS in #Afghanistan is addressing it globally" per @USSOCOM’s Gen Fenton

"Many of our operations are in places where we are not proximate to the target...Our ability to see it, sense it & the strike it - unquestionable"
.@USSOCOM’s Gen Fenton says his forces have been able to do that vs #ISIS' #1 in #Syria (see below), plus in places like #Somalia
Training for #Ukraine special operations forces is continuing outside of Ukraine in a number of locations, @USSOCOM’s Gen Fenton tells lawmakers

As for how Ukrainian SOF has performed-"They've been superb from the very beginning"
"The #Russia|ns have been very active in #Ukraine"
per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA asked abt #Moscow's #cyber ops

"We're watching this very now means is this done" he adds
MORE: @US_CYBERCOM told @VOANews of #Russia, "We anticipate their cyber activities may become bolder and look at broader targets"…
#TikTok - "TikTok concerns me for a number of different reasons" per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA

"One is the data that the have. Secondly is the algorithm & control, who has control. 3rd is the broad platform..."
"...Influence operations, it's not only that you can influence something but it's also that you can turn off the message as well" per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA

re #TikTok
On a scale of 1-10, where does the need for #FISA Section 702 place?

"10+" @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA tells @SenAngusKing, calling it "an essential piece that we need as a nation" hat even helped the US track down & eliminate #alQaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri
#ElectionMeddling - "It hasn't gone away" per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA, saying it will be a threat/concern for the foreseeable future

"We see the influence threat much more prevalent these days"
#China in #cyberspace - "They have a different playbook than the #Russia|ns...but again a very formidable foe" per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA
"We have a very lethal, very capable counterterrorism force" per @ASD_SOLIC though it needs to become more sustainable as the focus also shifts to great power competition
"The capabilities we have in the #counterterrorism arena transfers well over into our integrated deterrence approach" per @USSOCOM’s Gen Fenton
Should products from #China be banned for #cyber safety?

"Very difficult ... to imagine that you can really do that" per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA "So much of what we do is based upon int'l trade & China has the corner on some things"
If he were in charge of a company, "What I would do is ensure that the areas that are most sensitive to our operations are well sensored & I have the confidence that's what being utilized there, I understand where that information may be going" per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA
"I would take a very very hard look at anything that would come from an adversarial nation" per @CYBERCOM_DIRNSA on buying tech products from #China

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More from @jseldin

Mar 8
Happening now: US Senate's Annual Worldwide Threats with:

@ODNIgov Dir Avril Haines
@CIA Dir William Burns
@DefenseIntel Dir LtGen Scott Berrier
@CYBERCOM_DIRNSA Gen Paul Nakasone
@FBI Dir Christopher Wray…
"We are increasingly seeing rising competition in the technology space with authoritarian regimes that are challenging democratic norms at home & around the world," per Senate Intel Committee chair @MarkWarner
#China's communist party "is now a near-peer competitor with the United States in its economy, technology & military capabilities" per @MarkWarner
Read 60 tweets
Mar 2
NEW: 2 US citizens arrested for conspiring to evade export laws & provide #Russia|n companies with aircraft electronics aka avionics

Per @TheJusticeDept, 59yo Cyril Buyanovsky & 55yo Douglas Robertson of #Kansas even did repairs for Russia's Federal Security Services (FSB)
"The defendants concealed the true end user & end destination by providing a fraudulent invoice to the shipment company identifying the end destination as Germany" per @TheJusticeDept on the repairs done for #Russia's FSB
Per @TheJusticeDept, Buyanovsky & Roberston used their company, KanRus Trading Company, to evade the laws prohibiting the export of certain technologies to #Russia following the invasion of #Ukraine
Read 4 tweets
Mar 2
#China's spy balloon - "This was a surveillance balloon is equipment that is inconsistent w/weather balloons" per @ASD_IndoPacific Ely Ratner, speaking at @HudsonInstitute

We "have not heard a plausible explanation for this activity" from the PRC, he adds
US deterrence vs #NorthKorea "is to deter agression & deter conflict" per @ASD_IndoPacific

"It's not to deter Kim Jong Un from killing a bunch of fish with his missiles"
"We're focused on readiness. We're focused on deterrence. We're focused on ensuring that Kim Jong Un doesn't take risks that go way beyond his capacity" per @ASD_IndoPacific

re #DPRK
Read 9 tweets
Mar 1
BREAKING: US intelligence concludes "very unlikely" a foreign adversary is responsible for so-called anomalous health incidents (#AHI), aka #HavanaSyndrome, per just-released assessment

Assessment based on of 7 key US intelligence agecnies, noting various levels of confidence
Per just released US intel assessment ruling out foreign adversaries as cause of #AHI / #HavanaSyndrome:

2 - moderate to high confidence
3 - moderate confidence
2 - low confidence, calling it "unlikely" but noting some intelligence gaps
"There's no credible evidence that a foreign adversary has a weapon or a collection systems that caused AHIs" per an intelligence official familiar w/the report who spoke on the condition of anonymity
Read 11 tweets
Mar 1
NEW: @FBI believes the origins of the #COVID19 #coronavirus pandemic "most likely a potential lab incident in Wuhan" per Director Christopher Wray
This first public comments from @FBI's Wray on the origins of #COVID19 comes just days after the @WSJ reported the @ENERGY Dept concluded with "low confidence" the virus spread as a result of a lab leak
The @FBI's assessment of the origins of #COVID19 are in line w/one of the two main hypotheses from the US intelligence community - first shared in August 2021
Read 8 tweets
Feb 28
US cybersecurity officials are calling for tech & software companies to step up

"The risk introduced to all of us by unsafe technology is frankly much more dangerous and pervasive than the [#China] spy balloon" @CISAJen said Monday…
While speaking at @CarnegieMellon, @CISAJen praised some companies for making security - & the use of multifactor authentication a priority

But she said MFA efforts by @Microsoft @Twitter were "disappointing"
@Mircosoft Tuesday pushing back on the @CISAgov narrative

"Advancing the security posture of our customers is one of Microsoft’s top priorities" the company said in a statement to @VOANews

"We provide MFA defenses at no additional cost for our consumer & enterprise customers"
Read 4 tweets

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