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USA – Starting off on the right foot: Biden’s near-term arms control and strategic policy challenge (Frank A. Rose, Brookings)

Starting off on the right foot: Biden’s near-term arms control and strategic policy challenge

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NORTH KOREA – North Korea faces one of its toughest winters (Gabriela Bernal, East Asia Forum)

North Korea’s economic situation is facing exceptional challenges after the government imposed strict virus-containing measures in response to COVID-19. Since late January 2020, the border with China has been officially closed, causing trade between both countries to plummet to record lows. With winter quickly approaching, many North Koreans are fearing the worst.

A North Korean boy holds a spade in a corn field in area damaged by recent floods and typhoons in the Soksa-Ri collective farm in the South Hwanghae province, North Korea.

https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2020/12/05/north-korea-faces-one-of-its-toughest-winters/

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CHINA – China pursues quality over high-speed growth (Yanrui Wu, East Asia Forum)

The Fifth Plenary Session (‘Fifth Plenum’) of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party of China concluded on 29 October and sent a strong signal that China will continue to focus on the quality rather than the speed of economic growth. ‘Quality’ economic growth should be broad-based and inclusive.

People look at the skyline of the Central Business District in Beijing, China, 16 April, 2020 (Photo: Reuters/Thomas Peter/File Photo).

https://www.eastasiaforum.org/2020/12/04/china-pursues-quality-over-high-speed-growth/

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IRAN/ISRAEL – Iranian hackers access unsecured HMI at Israeli Water Facility (Pierluigi Paganini, Security Affairs)

Iranian hackers access unsecured HMI at Israeli Water Facility

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SECURITY – Recently disclosed CVE-2020-4006 VMware zero-day was reported by NSA (Pierluigi Paganini, Security Affairs)

Recently disclosed CVE-2020-4006 VMware zero-day was reported by NSA

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SECURITY – Islamic imprisoned hacker Ardit Ferizi ordered to be deported (Pierluigi Paganini, Security Affairs)

Islamic imprisoned hacker Ardit Ferizi ordered to be deported

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MOBILE – Hundreds of millions of Android users exposed to hack due to CVE-2020-8913 (Security Affairs)

Hundreds of millions of Android users exposed to hack due to CVE-2020-8913

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MALWARE – Egregor ransomware attack paralyzed for 3 days payment systems at Metro Vancouver’s transportation agency TransLink (Pierluigi Paganini, Security Affairs)

Egregor ransomware attack paralyzed for 3 days payment systems at Metro Vancouver’s transportation agency TransLink

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MALWARE – Hackers hide software skimmer in social media sharing icons (Pierluigi Paganini, Security Affairs)

Hackers hide software skimmer in social media sharing icons

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