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10/06/2022
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Several cases heading to the Supreme Court could unleash the flood gates on disinformation on social media platforms. Meet the "fellas" fighting a meme war in support of Ukraine. And major hospital network goes dark after what could be a ransomware attacks. This is CyberScoop for Oct. 6.

The 'fellas' fighting a meme war

The North Atlantic Fella Organization, or NAFO, has arrived. Ukraine’s Defense Ministry celebrated the group on Twitter for waging a “fierce fight” against Kremlin trolls. And Rep. Adam Kinzinger, D-Ill., tweeted that he was “self-declaring as a proud member of #NAFO” and “the #fellas shall prevail.” The brainchild of former Marine Matt Moores, NAFO launched in May and quickly blew up on Twitter. It’s become something of a movement, drawing support in military and cybersecurity circles who circulate its meme backing Ukraine in its war against Russia. Suzanne Smalley has the story.


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'IT security issue' shut down hospitals

A healthcare network that includes 140 hospitals and more than 1,000 facilities in 21 states is working through an “IT security issue.” In a statement on Tuesday, Chicago-headquartered nonprofit CommonSpirit Health said the issue was "impacting some of our facilities" and that "certain IT systems" were taken offline as a precaution. It’s not clear how many of the company’s facilities have been impacted, or whether it was a ransomware attack. AJ Vicens reports.


L.A. school hackers post data

The Vice Society ransomware gang posted data stolen from the Los Angeles Unified School District in an attack last month. The leak came a day after the superintendent, Alberto Carvalho, said publicly that the district, the country’s second-biggest K-12 system, would not pay a ransom. The data trove posted on a Vice Society leak site runs upward of 500 gigabytes and appears to include large volumes of documents containing employees’ Social Security numbers, tax forms, financial records and other sensitive information. Benjamin Freed has the story in StateScooop.


Four looming legal showdowns could fundamentally change social media, lead to surge in disinformation

A controversial Florida law and a similar Texas law would prevent social media companies from removing certain types of content even if false. The Supreme Court is expected to hear the Florida case this term — an appeals court ruled against state officials in May — though that is not yet confirmed. Meanwhile, this week the court announced it will review two cases challenging the broad legal immunity Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act provides websites. The court’s rulings on the four cases could fundamentally alter the flow of information online and worsen the global disinformation problem. Suzanne Smalley has more


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