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02/22/2022
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A call from the White House for more collective, collaborative efforts in cyberdefense. The alerts continue from Kyiv. And we continue to track how government agencies confront concerns about facial recognition tech. This is CyberScoop for February 22.

A 'new social contract' in cyberspace?

Too often, cyber risk is falling on individuals, small businesses and local governments, according to U.S. National Cyber Director Chris Inglis. That demands a "new social contract" where private sector firms invest more heavily in hardware and software security and the feds facilitate better collaboration with industry, he wrote in a weekend essay with a senior adviser. "Those more capable of carrying the load — such as governments and large firms — must take on some of the burden, and collective, collaborative defense needs to replace atomized and divided efforts," they said. "Until then, the problem will always look like someone else’s to solve." Tim Starks has the write-up.


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More cyber warnings for Ukraine banks, government

Ukrainian authorities are continuing to issue alerts about potential cyberattacks against the digital infrastructure of the country’s banks, military and state agencies. The familiar refrain comes as Ukraine’s CERT published information about threats made in an online forum about an attack that could start Tuesday. Ukrainian officials attributed recent DDoS incidents to Russia, and the U.S. government followed with its own accusations on Friday. Russian President Vladimir Putin reportedly ordered troops into two breakaway Ukrainian areas on Tuesday. Western nations are preparing to impose more sanctions on Russia over the conflict. Read more.


Oregon finds ID.me created a disadvantage for some groups

An Oregon Employment Division audit released Friday found that facial recognition technology created a disadvantage for people aged 20 and under; Spanish speakers; African Americans; and American Indians and Alaska Natives. Meanwhile, the IRS announced Monday it would stop requiring the use of facial recognition for online credentials — but keep its $86 million contract with ID.me. Privacy advocates are still pressing states and federal agencies to drop the company. Tonya Riley has the latest.


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