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04/28/2020
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Hackers are spoofing the SBA to try to breach entrepreneurs hoping for loans. Hackers infiltrated the networks of a parking meter company, then demanded an extortion fee to release the files. And the trial of an accused hacking suspect remains on pause. This is CyberScoop for Tuesday, April 28.

Double check that SBA email

With the Small Business Administration continuing to play a high-profile role in getting cash to companies that are struggling because of the coronavirus pandemic, cybercriminals are stepping up their efforts to steal money from those very firms. IBM’s incident response team shows that attackers are spoofing the SBA in emails to try to install a remote hacking tool capable of stealing passwords and accessing webcams. They are exploiting attention on a nascent SBA program that offers up to $10 million in lending per business. If an unsuspecting recipient opens the emails found by IBM, a data-stealing remote access trojan known as Remcos can take control of the person’s computer. Sean Lyngaas has more.


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Ransomware hits a smart parking meter company

A Milwaukee company that sells parking meters which process mobile payments was infected last month with a form of ransomware known as Sodinokibi, or REvil. Messages posted on a site that REvil uses to shame its victims suggests that the firm, CivicSmart, paid an unspecific amount of money to decrypt its information. A text file shared with StateScoop revealing the names of stolen file folders indicates the data may include employee records, contracts with cities and parking-garage vendors, bank statements and credit card numbers of people who paid to park using CivicStart’s product. Benjamin Freed has more on StateScoop.


Jurors in the Yevgeniy Nikulin case are concerned

Jury members in the case of a man who allegedly stole more than 100 million usernames and passwords from LinkedIn and Formspring said they would prefer not to resume the trial until California eases its shelter-in-place order. The Yevgeniy Nikulin trial started in March, only to go on pause amid concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. In assessing whether to continue the proceedings, Judge William Alsup asked jurors to return a questionnaire detailing their health status and any thoughts on traveling daily to downtown San Francisco. One juror, a physician, said he was concerned about "how to do basic activities without contamination." Others said their health and family is "way more important" than the trial. Read their responses here.


To share is to secure

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency became the first official quality services management office (QSMO) Monday, one year after the Trump administration issued a governmentwide memo for standardizing shared services. In the memo, the Office of Management and Budget named CISA one of four QSMOs tapped to operate federal marketplaces, in this case, for cybersecurity services. OMB formally designated CISA the QSMO for security operation center and vulnerability management standardization, as well as Domain Name System resolution on Monday. Agencies can now partner with CISA to incrementally share cyber technologies and services. FedScoop's Dave Nyczepir has more.


Pentagon ramps up automated app testing

Mobile application security company NowSecure is expanding its work with the Department of Defense to bring automated testing software to mobile applications across the military. NowSecure’s work with the military will allow the further migration of services to mobile devices and help ensure the apps they are hosted on are secure, according to the Air Force. The company started its work with the military during an Air Force Pitch Day event in 2019 when it was given a Small Business Innovation Research award. Now, the company says its building automated testing software to ensure the security of mobile applications used across DOD components and other federal agencies. FedScoop's Jackson Barnett has more details.


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