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02/02/2022
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The latest on the cyberattack against Germany's Oiltanking. New research on a well-known hacking group that targets Palestinians. And the FBI adds its voice to the chorus of warnings about the Beijing Winter Olympics. This is CyberScoop for February 2.

A BlackCat sighting

A recent attack on Germany’s largest oil storage company Oiltanking appears to be the work of BlackCat, a family of ransomware that’s been <a href="https://www.cyberscoop.com/black-cat-ransomware-growth-rust/">aggressive in recent months</a>. The attribution comes via a report by Germany's intelligence authority to the company, <a href="https://www.handelsblatt.com/unternehmen/energie/benzinversorgung-cyberangriff-auf-shell-zulieferer-sicherheitsbericht-zeigt-gefahr-durch-erpressersoftware-black-cat/28029264.html?share=twitter&ticket=ST-7811728-7MTdXLfr2asdi19sUI7j-ap2">obtained by German business newspaper Handelsblatt</a>. CyberScoop has reached out to Oiltanking for further comment. Tonya Riley has the update.


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An APT ramps up activity against Palestinians

A hacking group is targeting Palestinian people and organizations with a fresh wave of years-old malware, researchers with Cisco's Talos threat intelligence division said Wednesday. Known variously as Arid Viper, Desert Falcons, APT-C-23 or Gaza Cybergang Group 1, the group is believed to be linked to Hamas and may be targeting political rivals. The malware and tactics involved are well-documented in the information security community, suggesting to Talos researchers that the group doesn't care about exposure and whatever they're doing is working. AJ Vicens has the research.


Gold medal security

The FBI issued a warning to participants of the Beijing Winter Olympics and March 2022 Paralympic Games to be on the watch for a broad range of cyberthreats, including mobile apps used to track COVID-19 status. The FBI follows several Olympic Committees from other Western nations in advising athletes to leave their personal phones at home. The warning doesn’t outright call out MY2022, a Chinese app Olympians are required to download, but researchers have flagged that the software poses serious security risks. Cybersecurity researchers have previously told CyberScoop that financially motivated hacking groups could be highly active. Read the alert.


NSO allegedly offered cash for access to SS7 network

Israeli spyware vendor NSO Group said it would provide “bags of cash” if an American mobile security company provided it with access to the SS7 network, according to a whistleblower whose claims were reported Tuesday by the Washington Post. The whistleblower, Gary Miller, alleged that the offer came during an August 2017 call between his then-employer, Mobileum, and NSO officials. The SS7 network helps telecom companies route mobile calls and services, making it a potentially attractive access point for a company like NSO, which is known for its controversial Pegasus spyware. Read more.


University wants to keep more cyber talent in South Dakota

Dakota State University is leading an effort to expand cybersecurity research in its home state, South Dakota, with the goal of keeping and attracting more cyber professionals. The $90 million plan would include a new facility in Sioux Falls that could open as early as 2025. Part of the initiative is recruiting students and staff for Dakota State’s Beacom College of Computer and Cyber Sciences. University President Jose-Marie Griffiths says the school estimates that about 50% of its cyber-operations graduates leave the state to work elsewhere. EdScoop’s Emily Bamforth has more.


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