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Cyber Risk Update 21 JUL 2023

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What is a false flag operation? The term "false flag" has its origins in naval warfare and dates back at least to the 16th century. The phrase comes from the practice of ships flying the flag of a different country or nation in order to deceive their enemies and gain an advantage in battle.

A false flag operation, in the context of a cyber incident, refers to a deceptive strategy in which a cyberattack is carried out by one entity but made to appear as if it was orchestrated by a different individual, organization, or nation-state. The primary goal of a false flag cyber operation is to mislead investigators and attribute blame to a scapegoat, diverting attention away from the true culprits. False flag cyber operations are highly sophisticated and require extensive planning and technical expertise. If successful, these operations can create confusion, diplomatic tensions, or even lead to retaliatory actions against innocent parties. Detecting and countering false flag cyber incidents demands thorough forensic analysis, international cooperation, and intelligence sharing among affected parties.

In Other News

“After working collaboratively for over a year, I am extremely pleased with Microsoft’s decision to make necessary log types available to the broader cybersecurity community at no additional cost. While we recognize this will take time to implement, this is truly a step in the right direction toward the adoption of Secure by Design principles by more companies.” – Jen Easterly, Director of CISA





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