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10/13/2021
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U.S. national security officials convene with representatives from 30 countries, aiming to boost cooperation in the face of ransomware. Camera-maker Olympus is dealing with its second cyberattack in a month. And a suspended Pentagon official is suing the government after being placed on leave. This is CyberScoop for October 13, 2021.

White House set to lead international ransomware discussions, sans Russia

The White House on Wednesday and Thursday is holding meetings with representatives from more than 30 countries to discuss how to counter ransomware, leaving out the country the president most frequently criticizes for hosting gangs of hackers: Russia. "Participants will cover everything from efforts to improve national resilience, to experiences addressing the misuse of virtual currency to launder ransom payments, our respective efforts to disrupt and prosecute ransomware criminals and diplomacy as a tool to counter ransomware,” a senior administration official told reporters on Tuesday. The official didn’t specify why Russia didn’t get an invitation beyond unnamed “constraints.” Tim Starks is watching for what's next.


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Olympus probes apparent cyberattack, its second in less than a month

Japanese technology manufacturer Olympus announced Tuesday that it was investigating “a potential cybersecurity incident” affecting IT systems in the U.S., Canada and Latin America. The Oct. 12 statement was light on detail but said the “incident” was detected Sunday, Oct. 10. The Tokyo-based company has offices and subsidiaries around the world, which produce and sell equipment such as medical devices and various microscopes. The issue comes nearly a month after the company was the victim of a ransomware attack affecting its business units in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. AJ Vicens has the story.


Katie Arrington sues DOD and NSA over five-month suspension

Katie Arrington has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Defense and the National Security Agency in federal court. Lawyers for the senior Department of Defense official in court documents argued that she has been treated unfairly because of her close relationship with former U.S. President Donald Trump. They argued also that she has been targeted for spearheading cybersecurity programs at the Department of Defense which the National Security Agency did not support. John Hewitt Jones has the FedScoop news.


ACLU phone tracking suit dredges up CBP records

The Customs and Border Protection agency has finished producing records in response to a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union over the use of phone tracking data for immigration enforcement. Customs and Border Protection was among the agencies named in the lawsuit, which was first filed by the nonprofit in late 2020. According to court documents, Democratic Senate aides had initially uncovered the warrantless use of such databases during a series of oversight calls with the agencies. Read more at FedScoop.


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