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06/15/2020
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If you own a D-Link router, you should check if it needs an update. Thanks to a new bill, the National Guard may be more involved in cybersecurity. And we're wondering why a particular government official unveiled a new Twitter account. This is CyberScoop for Monday, June 15.

Check your D-Link routers

Taiwanese consumer technology manufacturer D-Link has issued security fixes for a series of bugs that, if exploited, could have enabled hackers to steal credentials and other sensitive data from home internet routers. If used in concert, the vulnerabilities would have allowed attackers to scan network traffic to steal session cookies, upload or download sensitive files, or run denial-of-service attacks, Palo Alto Networks’ Unit 42 researchers said in findings published Friday. The research offers a reminder that home internet routers represent targets for hackers aiming to take advantage of the increased number of people around the world teleworking during the pandemic. Shannon Vavra has the details.


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Go (everywhere) Guard

A bill introduced Friday in the U.S. Senate would create a pilot program allowing National Guard units to help respond remotely to cyberattacks that occur outside their home states. Introduced by Sen. Gary Peters, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the National Guard Cyber Interoperability Act of 2020 would permit the secretaries of the Army and the Air Force to launch a pilot program in which one state’s National Guard could assist one of its counterparts with cybersecurity training and incident response. The National Guard has in recent years been playing a bigger role in individual states’ cybersecurity efforts, especially in response to ransomware attacks. Nationwide, there are at least 59 dedicated National Guard cybersecurity units, comprising nearly 4,000 uniformed personnel, according to the Defense Department. StateScoop's Benjamin Freed has more.


Espionage, old-fashioned version

Federal agents last week arrested Xin Wang, an officer in China’s People’s Liberation Army, at Los Angeles International Airport and accused him of trying to pilfer data from a research lab at the University of California, San Francisco. Wang was on his way back to China and planned to replicate the layout of the UCSF lab in his home country, authorities said. It is just the latest U.S. accusation of economic espionage against China; the Trump administration has brought multiple indictments against Chinese nationals for stealing trade secrets by hacking or physical theft. Beijing has denied the allegations. You can read the Justice Department announcement here.


C'mon, man, leave the beer alone

The taps may be dry in New Zealand over the next few weeks. A ransomware attack on the country's brewing giant Lion could cause shortages on the shelves, according to the New Zealand Herald. The attack, which occurred last week had a "significant impact" on the Lion's brewery operations, particularly its supply and distribution. There was no evidence that any of the information contained in the Lion computer system had been affected. The Herald has more.


Tweet Of The Day

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Welcome Gen. Nakasone! Please try to get that blue check mark! We heard catfishing is a real problem ...


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