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03/14/2022
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The threats on dark web forums now look a little different, researchers say. CISA prepares to collect more incident reports than ever before. And what does it mean if Russia starts creating its own TLS certificates? This is CyberScoop for March 14.

Russian invasion is shaking up the cybercrime underground in interesting ways

On Feb. 27 a Ukrainian researcher with access to notorious ransomware group Conti's private messages and other materials began releasing the group's internal data. The leak came after Conti posted a message in support of the Russian invasion. For anyone paying attention to cybercrime, it was a significant development. But research out Monday from Accenture points to other lesser-known developments in the wake of the invasion, such as technically adept cybercriminals pivoting to ideological motivations rather than financial. A significant portion of those criminals are pro-Russian, so the pivot means increased risk to Western critical infrastructure targets, Accenture says, citing posts from dark web cybercrime forums. AJ Vicens has the details.


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CISA getting more responsibilities, more money

Congress last week sent a bill to President Joe Biden's desk establishing requirements for critical infrastructure owners and operators to report major cyber incidents and ransomware payments to CISA within 72 hours. CISA director Jen Easterly called the legislation a "game-changer." The provisions hitched a ride on the fiscal 2022 omnibus spending bill, which dedicates almost $2.6 billion to CISA, a 22% increase. The FBI, DOE and others also get money for cyber initiatives, some related to the Russian war against Ukraine. Tim Starks writes.


Warnings about Russia's plans to create its own certificate authority

Western governments and companies' sanctions have disrupted website access in Russia by blocking renewal of Transport Layer Security security certificates. Since browsers block sites with expired certificates, the Russians are now creating their own domestic certificate authority, alarming security experts who say the move will allow mass surveillance and enable easy manipulation of online content by the Putin regime. Suzanne Smalley has the story.


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