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09/19/2022
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A hacking group focused on environmental and human rights issues in Central and South America dumps a massive cache of data. The Atlantic Council digs into what it really means to be a Russian hacker. And the C-suite may need thicker skin when dealing with infosec evangelists. This is CyberScoop for Sept. 19.

Guacamaya strikes again

A hacking group that has primarily focused on Central American targets released on Monday roughly 10 gigabytes of emails and other materials from military and police agencies in Chile, Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia and Peru. The data dump is the latest release from the group that has focused on infiltrating mining and oil companies, police and several Latin American regulatory agencies since March 2022. The release from the hacking group, which calls itself Guacamaya after a type of bird native to Central and South America, follows a pattern of targeting entities the group sees as playing a role in both the region’s environmental degradation and also the repression of native populations. AJ Vicens reports.


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Demystifying Russia's hacker ecosystem

The Atlantic Council is out with an ambitious report on Monday that explores various facets of the Russian hacker ecosystem to better understand the differences — and similarities — between the country's key cyber players. "The number of cyber operations launched from Russia over the last few years is astounding, ranging from the NotPetya malware attack that cost the global economy billions to the SolarWinds espionage campaign against dozens of US government agencies and thousands of companies," writes Justin Sherman, a nonresident fellow with the Atlantic Council's Cyber Statecraft Initiative. "Yet broad characterizations of these operations, such as 'Russian cyberattack,' obscure the very real and entangled web of cyber actors within Russia that have varying degrees of support from, approval by, and involvement with the Russian government." Read the report.


ICYMI: Twitter, Mudge and survival of the quittest

In the aftermath of the bombshell allegations from Twitter whistleblower Peiter “Mudge” Zatko about the company’s security practices — or the stunning lack thereof — enough ink has been spilled about him and other Silicon Valley dissidents who came before to notice a troubling trend: the failure of security-minded personnel to “blend in” or “gel” with the corporate culture. Without litigating the finer points of Zatko’s complaint or his testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, this is the latest episode in a string of tech companies hiring respected names in infosec only to have them ushered out or resign (often in protest). This pattern raises more questions about whether the C-suite can face difficult truths than it does about the ability of strong personalities to conform to corporate culture. Commentary from Gavin Wilde


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