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04/08/2022
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A tech giant goes after an APT's internet infrastructure. A FIN7 member gets a prison sentence. And the Navy explains more about an information warfare team. This is CyberScoop for April 8.

Fancy Bear activity sinkholed by Microsoft

Microsoft says it has shut down internet infrastructure that Russian state-backed hackers used to attack Ukrainian institutions, including media organizations. Under a court order, the company seized seven domains associated with a campaign by a group it calls Strontium, also known as Fancy Bear or Sofacy. The company says it sent the related traffic to a sinkhole and notified the targeted agencies, which also included organizations in the U.S. and Europe. Joe Warminsky explains.


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FIN7 down three

Denys Iarmak, a high-level member of the criminal hacking group FIN7, was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday by a U.S. judge. Iarmak, a Ukrainian national, was involved with the Russia-linked hacking group, which is blamed for an estimated $1 billion in illegal activity. Iarmak originally potentially faced life in prison, but the court agreed to reduce his sentence to just five years, charging him with only two of the 27 counts he was originally indicted on. Iarmak is the third member of the FIN7 group to be sentenced. Tonya Riley has more.


More details about the Navy's Pacific info-war task force

The U.S. Navy said in March that it was staffing up a new information-warfare task force for its Pacific Fleet, but offered few other details. A spokesperson told FedScoop this week that the Fleet Information Warfare Command Pacific will work across the Department of the Navy, fully integrating Marine Corps activity such as the new 17XX information maneuver. The Navy helped lay the groundwork for the new task force in August 2021, when it embedded info warfare personnel into operations centers during a Large Scale Exercise, a spokesperson said. Mark Pomerleau reports at FedScoop.


Another '70s-era government system bites the dust

The Kansas Department of Labor says it is retiring the mainframe that has run the state’s unemployment insurance program since the 1970s and replacing it with a new, cloud-based system. Officials said the upgrade, designed by Tata Consultancy Services, would offer more data security and be capable of handling a higher volume of requests. The modernization has been a long time coming: The state tried in 2005 but scuttled the effort after a series of layoffs at the department. Benjamin Freed has more at StateScoop.


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