Feb 28, 2018

Fancy Bear hackers hit German Interior Ministry

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Deutsche Welle reports that Fancy Bear, the believed-Russian hackers behind the DNC hacking in 2018, hacked the computer networks of Germany's internal ministry and dwelled in the network for as much as a year. German officials confirmed to Reuters that a hack took place, but made no such attribution.

Why it matters: Though Germany was mum about who was behind this most recent hack, its parliamentary body, the Bundestag, announced in 2016 it had been attacked by Fancy Bear.

With increasing international attention to Russian cyber operations after the U.K. and U.S. attributed a massive malware attack last year to Moscow, it may be increasingly untenable for the Trump administration to slow walk sanctions against the Putin regime.

  • Also Wednesday: Researchers at Palo Alto Networks outlined a Fancy Bear campaign against North American and European diplomats. That campaign took place this month, well after the German attack.

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Coronavirus spreads to more countries, and South Korea ups its case count

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus continues to spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting those are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the U.S. South Korea's confirmed cases jumped from 204 on Friday to 433 on Saturday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,362 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel, Lebanon and Iran.

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Centrist Democrats beseech 2020 candidates: "Stand up to Bernie" or Trump wins

Bernie Sanders rallies in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb. 21. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Center-left think tank Third Way urgently called on the Democratic front-runners of the 2020 presidential election to challenge Sen. Bernie Sanders on the South Carolina debate stage on Feb. 25, in a memo provided to Axios' Mike Allen on Saturday.

What they're saying: "At the Las Vegas debate ... you declined to really challenge Senator Sanders. If you repeat this strategy at the South Carolina debate this week, you could hand the nomination to Sanders, likely dooming the Democratic Party — and the nation — to Trump and sweeping down-ballot Republican victories in November."

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A combine in Rippey, Iowa harvests soybeans in October 2019. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. U.S. soybean stockpiles expected to drop as exports rebound, USDA says
  2. Warren Buffett releases annual letter, reassures investors about future of Berkshire Hathaway
  3. Centrist Democrats beseech 2020 candidates: "Stand up to Bernie" or Trump wins
  4. Reports: Facebook offers up to $5 for voice recordings
  5. Greyhound bars immigration sweeps