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03/22/2022
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More busy days from the Lapsus$ organization. The Biden administration talks about a shift in intelligence on Russian cyberattacks. And the creators of Trellix add another piece to their cybersecurity puzzle. This is CyberScoop for March 22.

Okta responds to Lapsus$ screenshots

Identity authentication company Okta said Tuesday that screenshots posted by cybercriminal gang Lapsus$ were indeed related to an incident that the company investigated in January. “Based on our investigation to date, there is no evidence of ongoing malicious activity beyond the activity detected in January,” Okta said. Any breach of sensitive Okta data could, in theory, have implications for the security of its thousands of customers, which include some U.S. government agencies. Okta provides single sign-on services, including technology like password managers. More from Joe Warminsky and AJ Vicens.


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Microsoft also in cybercrime group's crosshairs

A spokesperson for Microsoft confirmed Monday that the company was investigating claims from Lapsus$ that it was breached and source code for various services was taken. The cybercrime group typically steals data and seeks extortion, either in the form of money or in other ways. The group posted screenshots of what looked like an internal Microsoft developer account to its Telegram channel March 20. On March 21 the gang claimed it would be leaking source code for Microsoft search engine Bing, Bing Maps and Cortana, the company's virtual assistant software. AJ has the details.


White House dials up Russia warning

The White House is warning of new evidence that Russia is preparing for possible cyberattacks on U.S. infrastructure. The call to action “speaks to evolving threat intelligence and a potential shift in intention,” by Russia, said Anne Neuberger, the deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology. Federal agencies have met with more than 100 companies in the past week to discuss potential threats, including known vulnerabilities that cyber actors continue to use to attack U.S. companies. President Joe Biden echoed the warnings at a meeting with business leaders on Monday night. “The magnitude of Russia’s cyber capacity is fairly consequential and it’s coming,” Biden said. Tonya Riley reports.


The latest from the STG shakeup: Skyhigh Security

Symphony Technology Group, the private equity firm that created cybersecurity giant Trellix this year, announced the launch of another company, Skyhigh Security, which will focus on secure service edge (SSE) technology for cloud environments. Skyhigh CEO Gee Rittenhouse said the goal is to give organizations “complete visibility and control and seamlessly monitor and mitigate security risks.” Skyhigh is essentially the part of McAfee Enterprise that STG didn’t roll into Trellix along with FireEye. Joe has more.


New unit at Army Cyber will bring in more OSINT

Army Cyber Command is adding a new group that will direct, synchronize and coordinate intelligence support for cyber, information and electronic warfare operations while also providing support to U.S. Cyber Command and other combatant commands. The idea is to combine typical military intelligence capabilities with commercial data and public information, officials said. Mark Pomerleau has more at FedScoop.


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