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03/28/2022
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Okta expands its comments about the January incident. Kaspersky is now on the FCC's "Covered List." And the feds rack up another ransomware conviction. This is CyberScoop for March 28.

Okta: ‘We made a mistake’

Okta has posted more information and a mea culpa in response to a week of criticism about how it handled the response to a potential data breach at contractor Sitel in January. “We want to acknowledge that we made a mistake” in not notifying customers sooner, Okta said Friday on a new frequently asked questions page that included a timeline of the incident response. Okta said it knew about the suspicious activity at Sitel on Jan. 20, but didn’t receive the results of an investigation on it until March. Joe Warminsky has the details.


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Kaspersky added to FCC’s ‘unacceptable risk’ list

Kaspersky is the first Russian company and the first cybersecurity firm to be added to the Federal Communications Commission’s “Covered List” of companies that pose an “unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States.” In making the announcement Friday, the agency said it was basing its decision on a 2017 ruling by the Department of Homeland Security that Kaspersky should be banned from federal networks. Kaspersky, which also was the subject of a warning by Germany’s cybersecurity agency earlier this month, maintains that it has no ties to the Kremlin. Joe has more.


Prison time for Estonian ransomware attacker

Maksim Berezan, 37, will get 66 months in U.S. federal prison for facilitating computer intrusions, fraudulently obtaining goods and funds, and monetizing stolen financial account information. Berezan, an Estonian, participated in ransomware attacks that caused at least $53 million in damage, prosecutors said Friday. He used some of the proceeds to buy two Porsches, a Ducati motorcycle and jewelry. Suzanne Smalley has the story.


Nakasone adviser moves into Army job

Michael Sulmeyer, formerly a top aide to U.S. Cyber Command leader and NSA director Gen. Paul Nakasone, is the new principal cyber adviser for the secretary of the Army. Terry Mitchell, the first person to hold that job, has retired. Mitchell's efforts "to certify budget components, coordinate activities across the HQDA staff and DOD, and integrate the Army’s policies with the DOD Cyber Strategy provided a great foundation," Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth said. Mark Pomerleau reports at FedScoop.


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