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03/15/2022
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The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee likes what he's seen over the last month from U.S. spy agencies. Germany's computer and communications security agency issues a broad alert about Kaspersky products. And it was a DDoS that knocked Israeli government sites offline. This is CyberScoop for March 15.

Warner: Intel agencies' new game is a welcome change

U.S. spy agencies are operating "way beyond their traditional comfort zone" using information warfare against Russia, according to Sen. Mark Warner, who pointed to several leaks of Russian plans by U.S. officials in recent days. Warner, chair of the Senate's intelligence committee, said Russia has historically outpaced the United States in the information warfare game, but the new muscle American intelligence is showing amid the Russia-Ukraine conflict is a welcome change, he said. Suzanne Smalley reports.


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German cyber agency: Think twice about Kaspersky

Germany’s computer and communication security agency, the BSI, advised users of Kaspersky’s antivirus software to find alternatives to the Russia-based company’s products. The agency did not accuse Kaspersky of any specific violations of customers’ trust, but Tuesday’s alert referred to Russia’s hostility against NATO nations. Kaspersky has always said that it operates separately from Russia’s government. In a statement, the company said, "We believe this decision is not based on a technical assessment of Kaspersky products ... but instead is being made on political grounds." Joe Warminsky has the details.


Israeli government sites temporarily knocked offline

A distributed denial-of-service attack against an Israeli telecommunication provider took Israeli government sites offline temporarily on Monday, the Israel National Cyber Directorate confirmed. The sites were back online later in the day. NetBlocks attributed the disruption to attacks on network suppliers Bezeq and Cellcom. The attack also disrupted nongovernment websites. Tonya Riley explains.


SentinelOne scoops up Attivo Networks

Silicon Valley-based cybersecurity company SentinelOne is acquiring identity security firm Attivo Networks in a deal worth $616.5 million, the companies said Tuesday. The acquisition “is a natural platform progression” for SentinelOne, said Chief Operating Officer Nicholas Warner, as more of its customers expand into hybrid work and increase their use of cloud services. Joe has more.


MS-ISAC gets a funding infusion

The big federal spending bill that Congress completed last week includes $11 million for the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center, the clearinghouse for cybersecurity intelligence and services that supports state and local governments. Officials said the additional funding will largely be used to expand the MS-ISAC’s technical services — such as malicious domain blocking and endpoint protection — and allow it to pursue new offerings, like an email monitoring service. The spending boost brings this year's total federal support for the ISAC to $38 million. Benjamin Freed reports at StateScoop.


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