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10/16/2020
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Twitter keeps itself in the news. QQAAZZ finds out about the long arm of the law. And a barbecue chain finds out about Joker's Stash. This is CyberScoop for Friday, October 16, 2020.

Twitter's about-face on hacked materials

After an uproar over how it handled a questionable New York Post story about Hunter Biden, Twitter said it would revise its policy on hacked materials. Going forward, it won't block related links, and would only remove hacked content if hackers — or those coordinating with them — directly share it. Conservatives were angry with Twitter over how it handled the Post article, although some press freedom advocates also feared the social media company went too far. Tim Starks reports on the social media company's reversal.


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More than a quasi-crackdown on QQAAZZ

Remember Maksim Boiko, the part-time rapper, full-time alleged scammer arrested in the Miami airport with $20,000 in cash earlier this year? Law enforcement officials from Latvia to the U.S. on Thursday announced a sweeping crackdown against QQAAZZ, Boiko’s alleged money-laundering network. Houses were raided, cryptocurrency was seized and over a dozen arrests made. Life comes at you fast. Sean Lyngaas stops to take a look..


The under (pork) belly of the internet

For customers of Joker’s Stash, the notorious carding marketplace, it doesn’t matter where the stolen data comes from, as long as you can take it to the bank. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, a U.S. restaurant chain, is the forum’s latest alleged victim, with data stolen over the last 15 months up for sale. The incident underscores how scammers target chokepoints for sensitive data, and then turn to illicit markets like the Joker’s Stash to try to sell it off. Sean digs in.


Boosting cyber programs at Black schools

The NSA and Pentagon have a new initiative meant to increase access to cybersecurity education, mentoring and paid internships for students at historically Black colleges and universities. The workforce development program, called the Cybersecurity Education Diversity Initiative (CEDI), will connect students at eligible educational institutions with the Maryland Innovation & Security Institute’s virtual cyber range to gain hands-on technical training as well as internships and mentorship through the Pentagon’s Office of Small Business Programs. Shannon Vavra has more.


Robinhood breach expands

Stock trading app Robinhood this week said "a limited number" of users had their accounts compromised, with Bloomberg reporting the number at almost 2,000 in a breach that included theft of customer funds. The affected customers "appear to have had their Robinhood account targeted by cyber criminals because of their personal email account (that which is associated with their Robinhood account) being compromised outside of Robinhood," a company spokesperson said. More coverage.


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