Best Infosec-Related Long and Long(ish) Reads of the Week, 1/28/23
A hacktivist group targets Latin American leaders and institutions, Smart ovens check in with Russia and China, Why legislation targeting TikTok is a good thing, How "spam" came to mean junk mail
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The politics and power of Latin American hacktivists Guacamaya
Cyberscoops AJ Vicens offers this in-depth look at the hacktivist group Guacamaya (the Mayan name for a Macaw) and how it bedevils Latin American politicians, governments, and corporations by threatening to dump the data and expose the secrets of the players it deems corrupt.
Guacamaya has released between 20 and 25 terabytes of stolen data since March 2022, including files it provided the nonprofit news site Forbidden Stories a year prior for an exposé about corruption involving Guatemalan officials and a Swiss mining conglomer…