USA want to announce sanctions against Russia

USA want to announce sanctions against Russia
US President Joe Biden

The US government wants to deter Russia from future cyberattacks with tough measures.

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Washington The US government will announce sanctions against Russia because of the so-called Solarwinds hacker attack last year. The measures should be announced on Thursday, a senior government official told the AP news agency. The measures should send a clear message to Russia and prevent similar acts in the future. It remained unclear whether further steps would follow.

The US departments of finance, justice, energy and homeland security were attacked in the hacker attack. The departments are still checking to this day which information could have been stolen. The attackers first hacked the Solarwinds network software and smuggled malware in using a security update in October 2019. However, this was initially not activated to see whether it could remain undetected.

In March 2020, the hackers would have started stealing login data in order to be able to move around the network, reported in February Kevin Mandia, the head of Fireeye, the information technology security company that had only discovered the attack in December.

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Real name requirements create bureaucracy, but not security

Real name requirements create bureaucracy, but not security

With the revised Telecommunications Act, the federal government wants to improve digitization in Germany through more and better broadband connections – but at the last minute some critical changes were made to the text.

Ralf Benzmüller, Executive Speaker G DATA CyberDefense, comments as follows:

“With the amendment to the TKG, an important goal is being pursued in order to strengthen Germany as a digital location. Companies and private users finally need a comprehensive expansion of the fiber optic infrastructure in order to be able to confidently shape the digital future. Unfortunately, the latest changes have included some critical points in the draft law, ”says Ralf Benzmüller, Executive Speaker of G DATA CyberDefense. “Because a real name requirement for messengers, chats or video platforms only creates enormous bureaucracy but no real gain in security. And what the whole thing is doing in the TKG remains a mystery. “

“Another problem is the very tight deadline for reactions. Just two days for a 475-page bill is absurdly short. Unfortunately, this is not the first time: The drafts for the IT Security Act 2.0 were also sent with a very short deadline, and stakeholders from business and civil society should comment within a few days. The Federal Government must be asked whether it is really serious about the participation of technical experts. “

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