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09/07/2022
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Albania's president announces his country is cutting diplomatic relations with Iran over a series of cyberattacks. CISA wants to hear from industry leaders about cybersecurity incident reporting requirements. And there's a new advanced persistent threat group that should be on your radar. This is CyberScoop for Sept. 7.

'Strongest public response to a cyber attack'

Albania has severed diplomatic ties with Iran after a series of cyberattacks that kicked off July 15 and targeted multiple Albanian government websites, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said Wednesday. All Iranian diplomatic and other personnel were given 24 hours to leave the country, Rama said in a video statement. A front group called "Homeland Justice" claimed responsibility shortly after the attacks. In early August, researchers with cybersecurity firm Mandiant said they were moderately confident that Homeland Justice is an Iranian-linked outfit targeting opposition figures abroad. Mandiant's John Hultquist said Albania's move “is possibly the strongest public response to a cyber attack we have ever seen.” AJ Vicens reports.


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CISA seeks feedback on cyber incident reporting

Federal cyber officials will formally ask industry leaders “in the next couple of days” to help shape the regulatory structure for cybersecurity incident reporting, Jen Easterly, director of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, said Wednesday. The incident reporting framework follows the new law that President Biden signed in March requiring that critical infrastructure owners and operators to report major cyberattacks to CISA within 72 hours and ransomware attacks within 24 hours. CISA has said that it will use the reports to rapidly deploy resources to victims under attack and share information with network defenders. Easterly, who spent four years working on cyber defense at Morgan Stanley prior to coming to CISA, emphasized that she wants to work with industry to create a smart regulatory apparatus that doesn’t create problems for the private sector. Suzanne Smalley has more.


New name for Iranian hacking group

For years, various Iranian-linked cyber operations have been analyzed and discussed, from election interference operations, to phishing campaigns targeting sensitive people in multiple countries. On Wednesday, cybersecurity firm Mandiant grouped a significant portion of that activity under what it calls APT 42, a group it says is likely working under the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Intelligence Intelligence Organization. The group is particularly dangerous, Mandiant VP of Intelligence John Hultquist tells CyberScoop, given its aims of using its methods to get to people in the real world. More from AJ.


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