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09/28/2020
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Tyler Technologies offers more details about its response to an attack. The cybersecurity link between Israel and the UAE. And Putin offers a "reboot," but he's probably just trolling. This is CyberScoop for Monday, September 28, 2020.

A civic tech vendor grapples with ransomware fallout

Tyler Technologies told the local governments using its software to change key passwords after multiple customers reported detecting “suspicious logins” to their networks following a ransomware attack against the civic tech vendor. Last week, Tyler reported a ransomware attack had affected its internal network and corporate phones. Now, the company is advising users to revoke remote-access credentials altogether. The breach coincides with ongoing anxieties over election-related ransom attacks. StateScoop’s Benjamin Freed is all over it.


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The other Israel-UAE deal

Cybersecurity leaders from Israel and the United Arab Emirates said last week that they need each other to fend off common hacking threats. The cybersecurity aspect of the bilateral relationship is coming out of the shadows now that the countries have normalized relations. Officials speak of trading threat data and conducting joint cyber exercises. For two governments that have invested heavily in offensive hacking tools, it’s a recognition that collective defense could be more effective than going it alone. Sean Lyngaas has context.


Putin's very soft offer for a cyber truce

There are many reasons to smirk at Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposal for a "reboot" with the U.S. over activities in cyberspace: The statement, issued Friday, comes six weeks before Election Day, as polls show Joe Biden leading Donald Trump in the presidential race. The proposal didn't include many details. And, of course, it's been well-established that the Kremlin and its proxies are actively trying to meddle in the election. On top of all that, is it even possible to monitor and enforce a cyber truce? Joe Warminsky breaks it down.


Quantifying ransomware damages

Ransomware has accounted for a quarter of the cyberattacks that IBM’s security team dealt with this year, the company said in a new study that highlights the threat of the data-locking malware. Ransom demands are skyrocketing, in some cases as high as $40 million, according to IBM. And ransomware is also increasingly affecting organizations with industrial computer networks. Read it here.


TikTok catches another break

For the second weekend in a row, a federal court has decided to slow down the Trump administration's efforts to pressure the Chinese owner of TikTok into concessions if it wants to remain in the U.S. market. On Sunday a judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia temporarily blocked the administration's attempt to ban TikTok from U.S. app stores. The White House says the video-sharing app is a threat to national security, given its ability to collect information about Americans. ByteDance, TikTok's parent company, denies that Beijing has access to data about U.S. users. Judge Carl J. Nichols ordered the two sides to continue negotiating this week. More coverage.


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