Confetti flies over the stage and crowd as Taiwan’s president-elect from the Democratic Progressive Party, Lai Ching-te, speaks to supporters at a rally at the party’s headquarters on January 13, 2024 in Taipei, Taiwan. Lai was among the politicians targeted by AI-generated propaganda. (Photo by Annice Lyn/Getty Images)

Chinese hackers turn to AI to meddle in elections

Beijing’s influence operations are experimenting with synthetically generated content to carry out influence operations, per Microsoft report.
Security guards wait at an entrance before the second plenary session of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 7, 2024. (Photo by GREG BAKER / AFP)

Chinese hackers target family members to surveil hard targets

To surveil security conscious politicians and dissidents, hackers linked to Beijing are increasingly targeting their spouses and relatives. 
People form a peace sign with candles ahead of a rally marking the eve of the second anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in front of the Reichstag, the building housing the Bundestag (German lower house of parliament) in Berlin on Feb. 23, 2024. (Photo by ODD ANDERSEN/AFP via Getty Images)

German political party targeted by SVR-linked group in spearphishing campaign, Mandiant says

The group may have been seeking insights on shifting European sentiments on Ukraine, threat analysts suggest.
Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lieutenant General Jeffrey Kruse, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray, Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines testify before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence about global threats against the United States on March 11, 2024 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Intelligence officials warn pace of innovation in AI threatens US

Governments are struggling with how to respond to rapid technological development, particularly related to artificial intelligence.
People visit the U.S. technology company Microsoft’s stand during the Mobile World Congress, the telecom industry’s biggest annual gathering, in Barcelona on February 26, 2024. (Photo by Josep LAGO / AFP)

Russian hackers accessed Microsoft source code 

An incident attributed to the Russian hacking crew Cozy Bear that was first disclosed in January continues to affect Microsoft systems.