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10/19/2020
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This year our CyberWeek festival is digital and nationwide, and the marquee event, CyberTalks, will take place as a daily series. Among the news from today's panels: An anti-stalkerware group says there is still a lot of work to be done to protect domestic abuse victims. This is CyberScoop for Monday, October 19, 2020.

Welcome to CyberWeek and CyberTalks

Our annual D.C. festival is a nationwide digital experience this year, and the marquee event, CyberTalks, has become a daily series rather than a one-day event. Today's installment includes CISA Director Chris Krebs, Deputy Federal CIO Maria Roat and other government and industry leaders. The full national events schedule for CyberWeek is available at cyberweek.us. Later in the week, we've got CyberTalks appearances by officials from the FBI, the Election Assistance Commission and the Department of Justice, as well as leaders from cybersecurity companies and state and city governments. Check out the daily CyberTalks agenda.


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Anti-stalkerware group takes stock one year in

From Monday's edition of CyberTalks: When it comes to stamping out the kind of surveillance software that domestic abusers use to spy on their romantic partners — stalkerware — there’s still a long way to go. Just two years ago antivirus firms weren’t reliably protecting customers against those apps, but members of the year-old Coalition Against Stalkerware have worked together to improve the ways to identify them and share information on detection, says Eva Galperin, the director of cybersecurity at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Chris Cox, the executive director of Operation Safe Escape, said the increased sharing has made it easier to spread awareness about signs of abuse on digital devices. Shannon Vavra has more from the CyberTalks panel.


More on that alleged Chinese hacking group that targeted the Biden campaign

A Chinese state-linked hacking group known as APT31 has been using legitimate services like Dropbox and GitHub to make attacks harder to detect, Google researchers said Friday. APT31 was behind apparently unsuccessful attempts earlier this year to break into personal email accounts of staffers of the Joe Biden campaign. “Overall, we’ve seen increased attention on the threats posed by [advanced persistent threats] in the context of the U.S. election,” Google’s Shane Huntley said in the report. Sean Lyngaas has the context.


Paris trial begins for accused Locky mastermind

The French trial against accused Russian cybercriminal Alexander Vinnik opens today, marking the latest chapter in a legal saga that also includes actions by Greece, the U.S., Russia and New Zealand. Vinnik, who allegedly helped create the infamous Locky ransomware, faces charges in France of extortion, money laundering and involvement in organized crime. The U.S. Department of Justice says he laundered about $4 billion while running BTC-e, which also allegedly provided services to other scams. The Russian also faces smaller-scale charges of fraud in his own country. Joe Warminsky has more about Vinnik's legal troubles.


Virus gets between accused scammer, lawyer

A defense attorney for the alleged head of a cybercriminal conspiracy that defrauded American companies out of tens of millions of dollars is refusing to visit the defendant in a Brooklyn jail because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A lawyer for Aleksandr Zhukov, the accused boss of the Methbot/3ve advertising fraud conspiracy, informed a U.S. judge that they would no longer visit Zhukov behind bars to prepare for trial. The U.S. Department of Justice says the international scheme bilked marketing companies out of $29 million. Jeff Stone has the court filing.


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