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03/04/2020
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The Justice Department has video evidence showing accused scammers meeting up in a Moscow hotel to plan a "business" venture. Election security officials breathe a sigh of relief. And the State Department helps Ukraine with The Cyber. This is CyberScoop for Wednesday, March 4.

Organized crime on display

Yevgeniy Nikulin, a Russian man who allegedly stole 117 million usernames and passwords from LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring in 2012, was in regular contact with Oleksandr Ieremenko, a Ukrainian national charged in New Jersey for allegedly hacking the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, prosecutors say in a new court filing. Investigators say they found a series of videos filmed in March 2012 in Moscow during a meeting that was attended by the alleged conspirators. In one video that prosecutors intend to introduce at trial, Ieremenko apparently narrates himself driving to a hotel, where a meeting is scheduled. Later, he describes another car as being driven by an “angry hacker,” and in a second video shows Nikulin and two other men discussing plans to form an internet café business. Jeff Stone has the court documents.


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Up late looking for Russians

There were plenty of technical glitches in the Super Tuesday primary vote, but none of them were caused by malicious actors, U.S. officials say. A Department of Homeland Security watch center was staffed by the NSA, FBI, and state and local officials from around the country in an effort to avoid any interference from outside actors. The vigilance paid off, but there are plenty of lessons learned heading into the November vote. Sean Lyngaas explains.


That other aid to Ukraine

Donald Trump’s handling of military assistance to Ukraine got him impeached, but his administration’s cybersecurity aid to Ukraine has flowed much more smoothly. The $8 million announced by the State Department Tuesday will go to building out the country’s legal and policy regime for cyberdefense. “Ukraine has a very robust technical workforce,” said MITRE’s Johanna Vazzana, who is helping implement some of the U.S. assistance to Ukraine. The challenge is putting those technical capabilities to use with good cybersecurity jobs. Sean took a closer look.


Your county needs a cyber disaster playbook, too

It’s becoming more common for state governments to add cyberattack response to their disaster-preparation plans, and now the experts are saying the trend needs to extend down to counties, too. Addressing the National Association of Counties conference in Washington about another year in which hundreds of local governments and school districts fell prey to ransomware attacks, Teri Takai and Phil Bertolini, the directors of the Center for Digital Government think tank, said county governments have more IT assets to protect from online threats than ever before. Benjamin Freed has more at StateScoop.


Creating tech-savvy sailors at all levels

The Navy wants to increase the technical knowledge of all sailors and Marines, acknowledging that cybersecurity has been a critical vulnerability and that emerging technologies are changing the way the service will fight in the future. To that end, Navy officials are touting a new strategy that sets broad goals and objectives for all tiers of the Navy’s education system. The first action item calls for the creation of a Naval Community College for all uniformed members of the department. IT, cybersecurity and other technical skills will be a priority for the courses offered in the community college program, according to Chief Learning Officer John Kroger. It won’t have a single location, but instead will create a unified transcript for all the learning that sailors and Marines do at partner institutions. Jackson Barnett explains the plan at FedScoop.


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