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02/18/2021
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Anne Neuberger, formerly of the NSA's Cybersecurity Directorate, makes her debut in the White House briefing room. Court documents shed light on alleged North Korean cybercrime. And Estonia offers a warning. This is CyberScoop for Thursday, February 18.

White House briefs on SolarWinds

The White House has a message for America: it’s going to take a long time to sort through the fallout from the massive espionage operation spurred on by the SolarWinds breach. There might also be additional intrusions yet to be uncovered, Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technology Anne Neuberger said. During an appearance in the White House press room, Neuberger said that the way the suspected Russian hackers infiltrated SolarWinds has made it more difficult for federal investigators to track down the details of the compromise. Shannon Vavra has more.


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About those North Korea charges...

When U.S. prosecutors on Wednesday unsealed charges against three North Korean men for alleged involvement in a global crime spree, they said the scheme involved a plan to steal nearly $1.3 billion. Prosecutors did not say the suspect had been successful. An indictment does allege that the alleged thieves walked off with $122 million, partly by impersonating reliable financial firms. The FBI also publicized an analysis of a malicious software strain called "AppleJeus" that the U.S. says North Korea uses to try to pilfer cryptocurrency. Tim Starks looks closer.


Estonia fleshes out the Russia threat

Russia has increased its cyber-enabled influence operations over the past year, Estonia’s Foreign Intelligence Service said in its annual public report, issued Wednesday. “Russia continues to be the primary security threat to Western democracies also in cyberspace,” the report notes. Moscow’s operatives continue to send malware over email to targets, distribute spyware to targets through spammy websites, run denial-of-service attacks, conduct hack and leak operations and hack media websites to spread fabricated stories to spread pro-Russia narratives. Read the assessment here.


How the Pentagon fares in securing critical weaponry

The Department of Defense — which has struggled to secure its IT, especially in its supply chain — has met most of the cybersecurity best practices for keeping critical weapons systems secure, according to an inspector general report. The report was conducted as a checkup on the cybersecurity of weapons later in their lifecycles. Each branch of the military and U.S. Special Operations Command demonstrated timely analysis and reaction to cyberthreats, which earned them a pat-on-the-back from the IG. Jackson Barnett has more details at FedScoop.


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