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09/18/2020
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Another U.S. indictment charges three Iranian men with a years-long hacking spree. The White House makes good on a threat to ban TikTok. And Twitter knows everyone is nervous about election security. This is CyberScoop for Friday, September 18.

A long week of indictments ends

U.S. prosecutors accused three Iranian men of “engaging in a coordinated campaign of identity theft and hacking” on behalf of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The scheme allegedly spanned more than three years, through February 2019, and a target list of over 1,8000 online accounts comprising aerospace and satellite companies and government organizations, from the U.S. to the United Kingdom to Israel. Sean Lyngaas has the court documents.


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They actually are going to ban TikTok?

The White House just announced it will enact a ban on WeChat and TikTok, effective Nov. 12. The decision comes after U.S. officials have repeatedly said, without specific evidence, that the apps give the Chinese government a portal to collect Americans' personal user data. The risk to national security, they say, is clear. During a recent interview with CyberScoop, TikTok's chief security officer, Roland Cloutier, said the firm doesn't share data with Beijing. But there's some nuance to that explanation. Catch up on that here.


Anti-fraud executive charged with...you guessed it

Meet Adam Rogas. He's the former chief executive of NS8, an anti-fraud company based in Las Vegas that raised more than $100 million from investors. The only problem, according to the Justice Department, is that Rogas pocketed at least $17.5 million of that sum, while lying to investors ins falsified financial statements. The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission also took action against Rogas. Shannon Vavra describes what happened.


Twitter's latest election security move

Twitter is trying to tighten up the security around high-profile accounts prior to Election Day, in part by requiring the use of strong passwords. The company said in a blog post that it's starting to send notifications to a range of U.S. politicians, political candidates and journalists, requiring them to update their credentials, while encouraging the use of multi-factor authentication and instituting a password reset protection feature by default. Sean looks closer.


Interior Dept. has some fun hacking itself

Where multibillion-dollar companies hire expensive outside experts to conduct elaborate mock-raids on their networks, federal agencies tend to rely on their inspectors general. And a new report from the Department of Interior’s watchdog would make any crack team of corporate security-testers proud. To test the hundreds of wireless security networks at the DOI, IG investigators surreptitiously used hacking tools from publicly accessible areas to intercept and communications in multiple bureaus at the sprawling department. They found systematic weakness in the department’s security that a malicious hacker could have exploited to steal data. Sean digs in.


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That sounds like a nice way to end the week, actually.


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