The full-scale invasion of Russia of Ukraine did not follow Vladimir Putin’s plan: his troops suffered devastating losses, failed to capture key Ukrainian cities and were pushed back to Russia. However, domestically, the Kremlin has succeeded in further repressing its citizens, including blocking independent news media and other access to unbiased information. Now, a new tool allows Russians to access websites blocked by the Kremlin, giving them access to information not dictated by the state propaganda machine.

The Biden administration is reportedly preparing to take action against TikTok, after years of suggestions that the Chinese-owned app is a national security threat. This week, we looked at the problem with TikTok: that lawmakers can’t decide what threat, if any, the app really poses.

Elsewhere, Apple unveiled the new iPhone 14. Alongside, it announced that iOS 16 will be available to download from September 12. This means Apple’s new passkey technology, which eliminates the need for passwords, will be available to millions of people. Here’s everything you need to know about Apple’s Security Keys.

But wait, there’s more! Each week, we highlight news that we haven’t covered in depth ourselves. Click on the titles below to read the full stories. And stay safe there.

With more than 400,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade, the Los Angeles Unified School District is one of the largest school districts in the United States. On September 6, the district became the latest to be targeted by ransomware. In a statement posted online, district administrators said they detected “unusual activity” within its networks, saying it had been targeted by ransomware; despite the attack, the students were able to go to school.

The attack drew a broad response from officials, with the FBI and Department of Homeland Security assisting local law enforcement. Students and staff have lost access to their email systems, according to local reports. It is also unclear, according to reports, whether student information, including disciplinary records and evaluations, was accessed by the attackers. The school district says students and employees must reset their passwords to their school accounts when they physically visit school district sites. “The district has staggered password reset access to minimize congestion for concurrent users accessing the website,” officials said in a statement.

The Vice Society ransomware group claimed responsibility for the attack. Following the incident, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and other partners issued a warning about the Vice Society, saying it “disproportionately targets the education sector.” Los Angeles attack is the latest against educational institutions: according to a report by security firm Sophos based on a survey of 499 respondents, 56% of lower education institutions and 64% of higher education institutions. education have been hit by ransomware over the past year, a “considerable increase” over the previous year.

In July, Albanian government websites were taken offline. Last month, researchers at security firm Mandiant revealed that Iranian hackers, working on behalf of Tehran, were likely to be behind the attacks, which crippled public services for hours. “These are disruptive attacks, affecting the lives of ordinary Albanians who live within the NATO alliance,” John Hultquist, Mandiant’s vice president of intelligence, told WIRED when releasing its findings. .

This week, the Albanian government took the unprecedented step of cutting diplomatic ties with Iran, accusing it of launching the cyberattack. The country also ordered Iranian embassy staff to leave the country. “The thorough investigation has provided us with undeniable evidence that the cyberattack against our country was orchestrated and sponsored by the Islamic Republic of Iran which had involved four groups in the attack against Albania,” the Prime Minister said. Minister Edi Rama in a statement. (Microsoft conducted the survey for the Albanian government.)