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04/11/2022
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What is Rule 41 and why does it matter for countering botnets? A Russian tech executive's hacking and insider-trading case gets more complicated. And Finland reports some curious cyber disruptions. This is CyberScoop for April 11.

Inside the DOJ's legal powers to take down botnets

When U.S. government agencies <a href="https://www.cyberscoop.com/russian-botnet-disrupted-garland-doj/">disrupted a Russian botnet</a> earlier this year, they relied on sweeping power granted in 2016 to gain access to computers from afar and without notice to owners. The feds were able to obtain court authorization to execute the operation because of changes made to a law enforcement procedure known as Rule 41. Law professors and cybersecurity specialists are calling the botnet takedown a landmark case for its ambition and scope — but some say the government’s power to use Rule 41 extends too far. Suzanne Smalley takes a close look.


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Feds prosecuting accused Russian hacker hand over wrong files, lawyer says

The federal prosecutors going after Vladislav Klyushin — accused of taking part in hacking two U.S. firms that help prepare public companies' filings and then trading on that inside information to the tune of $82.5 million — inadvertently gave the defense team's lawyers files from other cases as part of discovery, Klyushin's lawyer said in a court filing last week. The material apparently includes files from uncharged cases involving "Russian businessmen with potential ties to the former Trump administration," the lawyer claims in the filing. Also new in the case: Marc Fernich, a high-profile New York City defense lawyer joined the legal team. Past clients? Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loero, the late Jeffrey Epstein, John A. Gotti, and Keith Raniere of Nxivm sex cult fame. AJ Vicens has the story.


Government DDoSed in land of a thousand lakes

As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy spoke to the Finnish parliament on Friday, a DDoS disruption afflicted Finland's defense and foreign ministries. The attack also came the same day that Finland said a Russian aircraft violated its airspace. The Finns didn't name the party responsible for knocking its sites offline. Tim Starks covers it.


California proposes $100 million cyber boost for community colleges

The 115 community colleges across 73 districts in California could gain $100 million in cybersecurity funding this year under the state budget proposed by Gov. Gavin Newsom. The goal is to help them pay for risk assessments and compliance reviews, purchase new anti-fraud software and overhaul an online application platform. A recent report found that schools in the huge California system are not required to follow specific cyber standards and lack consistent oversight of their digital security. Benjamin Freed has more at EdScoop.


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