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Battle lines are drawn in Congress over incident response reporting, a signal that the issue is receiving some consideration on Capitol Hill. SolarWinds hackers struck Autodesk, a 3D software company. And the FTC makes a big move on a spyware vendor. This is CyberScoop for September 2, 2021.

Industry backs House breach notification bill over Senate version

Private sector firms at a House Homeland Security Committee hearing Wednesday indicated a clear preference for the House version of legislation on when certain companies must notify the federal government of a major breach. Another Senate bill is stricter in several regards: It requires federal contractors, incident response firms and critical infrastructure owners to notify CISA within 24 hours of intrusions or potential intrusions. The House bill, by contrast, says CISA can't require a notification earlier than 72 hours, only applies to critical infrastructure owners and specifies that only confirmed intrusions trigger a notification. The testimony made clear that after gaining momentum following the SolarWinds and Colonial Pipeline attacks, cyber incident notification legislation still won't be easy to pull off. Tim Starks runs it down.


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SolarWinds hackers targeted Autodesk in latest confirmed fallout

The list of victims keeps growing for the suspected Russian hackers who breached a U.S. federal contractor in order to gather intelligence from throughout the federal government. Autodesk, an American software and security company, said in a recent filing to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that hackers had targeted the firm with the Sunburst malicious software. Cozy Bear, a state-sponsored Russian hacking group, relied on Sunburst to carry out an attack against SolarWinds, an IT firm that spies used as a foothold into targets throughout the government and private sector. Jeff Stone reports on the news.


FTC shuts down 'SpyFone,' a pernicious stalkerware app

The FTC is set to impose its first ever ban against a stalkerware company, SpyFone, for allegedly illegally harvesting data and sharing it with abusers and stalkers. The FTC also alleges that the company failed to protect user data, leading to a 2018 breach. The ban signals that the FTC is getting more aggressive against surveillance companies that violate user privacy and lead to harm. Tonya Riley has the latest.


Eight states to offer digital IDs on Apple devices

Apple said eight states will offer digital versions of their driver’s licenses and identification cards compatible with the computing giant’s mobile devices. Residents of those states who own iPhones or Apple Watches will be able to upload their state-issued IDs to the Wallet app — which is also used to store airline tickets and credit cards — in those devices, the company said. Arizona and Georgia will be the first states to make their licenses compatible with Apple Wallet, with others — Connecticut, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Oklahoma and Utah — to follow. The digital IDs will also be accepted at airport checkpoints staffed by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. Benjamin Freed covers the news at StateScoop.


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