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10/07/2022
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The U.S. proposes new surveillance guardrails to secure EU data transfers. Chinese state-sponsored hackers are getting more brazen. Facebook warns one million users about password-stealing apps. And the Defense Department zeros in on more companies liked to the Chinese military. This is CyberScoop for Oct. 7.

Biden signs intelligence guardrails executive order to meet EU privacy shield agreement

The framework strengthens existing privacy and civil liberties safeguards around U.S. intelligence collection activities. The Executive Order also creates a new court that offers a redress system for European Union citizens who believe U.S. intelligence collected their personal data in a way that violates U.S. law. Industry groups have praised the executive order, but privacy experts warn that it offers little meaningful reform. “The executive order is a step in the right direction, but it does not go far enough,” Ashley Gorski, senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Security Project told CyberScoop. “It does not adequately protect the privacy of Americans and Europeans.” Tonya Riley has more


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Chinese hackers growing more brazen, feds say

Increasingly brazen Chinese state-sponsored hackers are actively using known vulnerabilities to access sensitive networks. National Security Agency cyber chief Rob Joyce told reporters Thursday that the Chinese hackers are a “major threat” to critical infrastructure and election security. There is no specific, significant threat against U.S. elections, Joyce said, but the NSA, along with the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, decided to release an advisory on the topic now with the election in mind. Suzanne Smalley has it


Facebook warns 1 million users about password-stealing mobile apps

The warning follows the release of a report by Meta identifying 400 mobile applications across the Google Play and Apple App stores that posed as harmless lifestyle and business apps to dupe users into sharing their logins  Because an account compromise happened through the malicious app, and not Facebook, the company is unable to say how many users were compromised.  Google and Apple say the apps listed in the report have been removed from their respective stores. Tonya has this one too


Pentagon ties controversial drone maker to Chinese military

The Pentagon added Shenzhen-based DJI Technology and China’s top genetics firm BGI to its most recent list of companies that operate in the United States that have connections to the Chinese military. The Defense Department previously banned the use of DJI's commercial drones though some other federal agencies continue to use the technology. DefenseScoop has more.


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