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Tidal Cyber Releases Inaugural Election Cyber Interference Threat Research Report

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Tidal Cyber, the threat-informed defense company, today released a new report, Election Cyber Interference Threats & Defenses: A Data-Driven Study, providing a comprehensive look at cyber threats to global elections in 2024 and insights on prioritizing defenses against top adversaries and election interference tactics, techniques, and behaviors (TTPs). Tidal’s study leans on actual data and evidence to pinpoint the most notable potential hotspots for interference, spotlight known and emerging interference TTPs, and use those insights to provide a prioritized list of relevant guidance.
“Tidal Cyber assesses a considerable threat of cyber interference – malicious activities targeting the technical aspects of election processes – affecting global elections this year,” said Scott Small, Director of Cyber Threat Intelligence at Tidal Cyber. “Considering that 2024 is a historic year for elections, based on our report, the findings have significant implications threatening to undermine confidence in voting processes or even alter electoral outcomes. We assess that cyber actors aligned with multiple adversarial nations are continuing to evolve their TTPs to attack both historical and new targets for election-related interference successfully.”
Key findings include:

The report identifies the top ten countries facing the highest election cyber interference threats: the US, the UK, South Korea, India, Belgium, Pakistan, Belarus, Mexico, Georgia, and Indonesia.
A concerning 27% of countries with 2024 national elections face the highest threat levels, facing multiple priority adversary groups and many state-backed groups associated with priority adversary countries.
The four priority adversary countries (Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea) are using cyber interference for disinformation and espionage and to potentially disrupt actual electoral processes, such as voting, or manipulate results.
Most voting countries this year face at least some interference threat: Nearly two-thirds (64%) face at least one state-backed cyber threat actor attributed to the three top offenders (Russia, China, or Iran).
The study also reveals an alarming trend: Pakistan, Indonesia, Venezuela, Uzbekistan, India, Belarus, and Ethiopia face considerable interference threats and, most vital, underlying concerns with digital infrastructure related to electoral processes.

The report identifies trends in election cyber interference TTPs by analyzing dozens of historical instances since 2008, including the adoption of generative AI technology to make phishing and social engineering, the most common form of election-related cyber attack, more convincing. Additionally, Tidal’s research highlights adversaries adopting new techniques and external factors to continue to make social engineering attacks successful despite improved defenses, spotlights credential abuse attacks on the rise, the resurgence of politically motivated denial of service and defacement attacks, and high levels of ransomware and extortion attacks.
Tidal also prioritized defensive recommendations around the most prominent TTPs observed across nine election cyber interference attack methods to provide guidance and best practices. Defenders must prioritize regular review and reinforcement of identity security controls, software and application security configuration policies, and endpoint and network threat prevention technology to defend against election interference threats from top adversaries. As relevant adversaries evolve to evade the latest defenses, they are explicitly threatening distinct election cyber interference attacks. Following these recommendations is mission-critical to protect organizations and personnel involved in election and election-related content.
MethodologyTidal Cyber has developed a new methodology for estimating the relative threat of interference in elections in more than 60 countries in 2024, “Election Cyber Interference Threat Rankings,” which measures the prevalence of cyber adversaries facing countries with national polls this year, including specific offender threat groups and adversaries associated with the top top-known cyber interference offenders and priority adversary countries.
Get Informed and Take ActionFor an in-depth understanding of these pressing cyber threats and to access Tidal Cyber’s full range of defense recommendations, download the complete “Election Cyber Interference Threats & Defenses” report at https://www.tidalcyber.com/election-cyber-interference-threats-and-defenses.
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Huawei Launches a Wide Range of Net5.5G Solutions to Inspire New Growth of Carriers

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During MWC Barcelona 2024, the Net5.5G-oriented products and solutions were launched by the President of Huawei’s Data Communication Product Line, Leon Wang. He noted that new ultra-broadband applications such as immersive terminals and AIGC have brought new opportunities to carriers. In addition, networks need to continuously evolve towards the future. In 2023, Huawei and industry partners defined the Net5.5G target network architecture and key capabilities such as ubiquitous 10 Gbps access, 400GE converged transport, hyper-converged data centers, and network autonomy and self-optimization. At this event, centering on “Bringing Net5.5G into Reality, Inspire New Growth”, Huawei has launched four solutions tailored to Net5.5G, covering mobile backhaul, enterprise campus, converged transport, and data center network, to fully support carriers’ business success.
Net5.5G Mobile Backhaul: Ultra-broadband is the foundation of ultimate experience. The access ring of mobile backhaul needs to be upgraded to 100GE to meet the traffic requirements of ultra-broadband applications. In addition, experience optimization is required to provide better mobile experience and improve the ARPU. Huawei’s base station routers provide the comprehensive access capabilities with 25/50/100/400GE to achieve network construction with optimal TCO. This solution is compatible with 4G, 5G, and 5G-A transport, protecting investment. Leveraging Network Digital Map, the solution provides industry leading application-level experience visualization and optimization, achieving zero congestion for VIP services and accelerating user experience monetization
Net5.5G High-Quality 10 Gbps Campus: Carriers are expanding their scope of services from traditional private lines to enterprise campus networks. This opens up a new blue ocean for digital managed network services, enriches B2B product portfolios, and increases revenue. Huawei has launched the world’s first all-scenario Wi-Fi 7 series products. And it helps carriers improve their competitive edge and avoid homogenized competition through high-density access, video experience assurance and intelligent O&M with Network Digital Map, accelerating their transformation from ISPs to MSPs.
Net5.5G Converged Transport: By providing more services on one network, carriers can realize new values of private lines and private networks. Huawei provides high density 400GE covering metro and core to carry numerous 10Gbps connections. Tenant-level slicing private lines, low-latency path selection, and application-level visualization are used to implement network servitization, accelerate network resource monetization, and increase revenue.
Net5.5G Hyper-Converged DCN: The computing power leasing service can help carriers achieve new growth in addition to IDC equipment room and private cloud services. Huawei uses the high density 800GE data center network (DCN) to provide efficient computing power and plug-and-play, significantly reduced deployment time. The industry leading NSLB algorithm increases the network throughput from 50% to 98% and improves the training efficiency by 20%.
Leon Wang wrapped up the launch with the following parting words: “Huawei will work with industry partners to promote network evolution from conceptualization to deployment, bring Net5.5G into reality, and inspire new growth for carriers.”
MWC Barcelona 2024 will be held from February 26 to February 29 in Barcelona, Spain. During the event, Huawei will showcase its latest products and solutions at stand 1H50 in Fira Gran Via Hall 1.
With the 2024 commercial launch of 5.5G, Huawei is collaborating with operators and partners around the world to pursue exciting new innovation in networks, cloud, and intelligence. Together, we will drive 5G business and foster a thriving industry ecosystem, creating a new era for intelligent digital transformation. For more information, please visit: https://carrier.huawei.com/en/events/mwc2024.
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Exclusive Interview: ATFX Chairman Joe Li with CNBC Arabia

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ATFX Chairman Joe Li was recently interviewed by CNBC Arabia, one of the leading business and financial news programs in the Middle East, to discuss the brand’s local development.  Throughout the interview, the host engaged in a comprehensive and professional dialogue that covered the brand’s local development progress, service philosophy, and market regulations.
ATFX Chairman Joe Li stated, “ATFX is dedicated to creating a platform that is convenient for investors, allowing them to trade quickly, safely, and efficiently. We prioritize the specific needs of our local clients by providing localized services. Our AT Premier service, launched in the Middle East, is continuously updated to provide high-quality investor education.”
The interview mainly focuses on the brand’s initiatives and measures in the local context. ATFX was ranked among the top four globally in MT4 trading volume in 2023, demonstrating its advanced financial technology tools, premium services, and extensive investor education content. ATFX’s exceptional achievements persist in enhancing its worldwide impact, attracting the interest of diverse international media establishments.
The interview conducted with CNBC Arabia marks a significant milestone in ATFX’s journey towards greater recognition this year. ATFX anticipates receiving further acknowledgement and media coverage as they continue to demonstrate unwavering dedication towards excellence in service.
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Smart Collaborates with 6D Technologies to Enhance Sales and Distribution Capabilities

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6D Technologies, an innovative telecom solutions provider, announces a collaborative partnership with Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart), the wireless unit of PLDT, the Philippines’ largest, fully integrated telco network, to revolutionize its sales and distribution operations, offering comprehensive solutions to meet the evolving needs of the industry.
Through this collaboration, 6D Technologies and Smart will streamline key sales and distribution processes, automate inventory management, optimize resource utilization, and enhance overall dealer operational efficiency. By leveraging 6D Technologies’ Ventas, an artificial intelligence (AI)-driven Sales and Distribution Management platform, Smart aims to elevate its operational excellence further and reinforce its leadership position in the telecommunications sector, driving growth and delivering superior services to its customers.
“As part of our transformation journey and our quest to reinforce our leadership, we continue to create collaborations to further lift our operational excellence, making sure that these partnerships will naturally progress and translate to much improved user experience for the customers of Smart,” said John Y. Palanca, First Vice President and Head of Sales and Distribution at Smart.
6D Technologies’ Ventas Dealer Management System (DMS) is designed to boost operational efficiencies and elevate the overall customer journey for the distribution partners of Smart. With this new system, the user experience of Smart’s distribution partners will be significantly transformed, giving them tools to operate more efficiently.
“We will continue to push to enhance our operational efficiencies to ensure that we are able to deliver the highest level of quality of service, particularly to our distribution partners as our customers, who are the North Star of everything that we do,” said Jac N. Bocalan, Vice President and Head of Customer Development Strategies and Support at Smart.
Manish Arora, Executive Director & Chief Revenue Officer of 6D Technologies, expressed his enthusiasm about the collaboration, stating, “We are thrilled to partner with Smart to empower their sales and distribution networks with our innovative DMS solution. By combining our expertise with Smart’s extensive reach and market presence, we aim to redefine industry standards and deliver unparalleled value to customers.”
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