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01/27/2020
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Interpol led an investigation into a Magecart campaign that may have infected more than 500 websites. The former deputy director of national intelligence is working for Microsoft. And "like hell" cybersecurity isn't infrastructure. This is CyberScoop for Monday, January 27.

The first-ever arrest of an entire Magecart gang?

Interpol announced Monday it coordinated a law enforcement operation that identified hundreds of websites that had been infected with malicious software used to collect customers’ financial data and personal details. Three men, identified only by their initials, were arrested on Dec. 20 in Jakarta and Yogyakarta, for allegedly using the stolen data to purchase electronics and other luxury items, then reselling that merchandise for a profit. By relying a malicious tool that attacked the JavaScript programming language, this group used a technique known as a Magecart-style attack to carry out the digital equivalent of a smash-and-grab robbery. At least a dozen Magecart groups use similar techniques, researchers have suggested. Jeff Stone has more details.


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Tampa Bay Times keeps reporting amid ransomware

The Tampa Bay Times became the latest major U.S. news organization to be infected with ransomware when the virus known as Ryuk forced the newspaper to activate incident response plans last week. The company reported on Jan. 23 that the ransomware had infiltrated its systems, though exactly how the attack occurred remains unclear. Hackers did not compromise any data, such as payment or customer information, the Times reported, and the paper expected to recover by restoring its system from backup files. The paper’s website appeared to be publishing at a normal rate by Friday. Jeff had the news.


Sue Gordon's next move

Sue Gordon, whose long career at U.S. spy agencies ended last year after a shakeup at the top of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, has landed at Microsoft, the company confirmed Friday to FedScoop. According to a tweet by Tom Burt, the company’s corporate VP of customer security and trust, Gordon — a former principal deputy director of national intelligence — will be consulting on “security, national security and leadership topics.” Gordon was a longtime proponent of improving the intelligence community’s IT, with a steady refrain that those agencies must be “fast followers” of what the commercial market develops. Tajha Chappellet-Lanier had the news.


States are going through a ransomware reckoning

Municipal workers in New Orleans discovered on Dec. 13 that their computer systems had been rendered inoperable by a virus demanding payment, making the city yet another victim of the global ransomware scourge that’s pestered state and local governments for years. Recovery has already cost New Orleans $7.2 million, and officials expect that figure to climb much higher by the time their devices and networks are fully restored. The incident confirmed a warning Mayor LaToya Cantrell had given to the New Orleans City Council last June when she was arguing that cybersecurity funding deserved to be included in the city’s budget for critical infrastructure. Some members were hesitant and said that protecting IT assets was not an infrastructure component. "I said, 'like hell it isn't,'" Cantrell recalled Thursday during a meeting of the U.S. Conference of Mayors in Washington.   StateScoop's Benjamin Freed is covering the mentality shift.


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