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11/29/2021
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An international bust has been putting a lot of fraudsters in jail. Apple is sending notices to alleged NSO Group targets. And a top Colorado tech official is coming back to the feds. This is CyberScoop for November 29, 2021.

Interpol online fraud sting leads to 1,000 arrests

Twenty countries teamed with Interpol in a months-long operation that netted more than 1,000 online fraud arrests, the police organization announced Nov. 26. It also led to the interception of $27 million in illicit funds. The focus was on romance scams, investment fraud and money laundering, but "Operation HAECHI-II" also turned up a business email compromise scam that might have bankrupted a Colombian textiles company. Tim Starks writes.


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Revealed: People targeted with the latest NSO Group tech

Apple sent out dozens of notices last week to users of some of its products warning that they may have been targeted using spyware developed by embattled Israeli tech vendor NSO Group. The notices, which went out the same day Apple announced its lawsuit against NSO Group for allegedly violating its terms of service, went to at least 12 staffers at a major news organization in El Salvador, along with political opposition figures in the country as well. Other notices have been reported in Thailand and Poland. AJ Vicens reports.


Colorado Digital Service director to return to USDS

Kelly Taylor, the founding director of the Colorado Digital Service, a boutique, two-year-old agency created to tackle the state’s digital-services projects, said this week he’s stepping down to return to the federal government. In a Twitter direct message, Taylor, who led the Colorado Digital Service since its creation in late 2019, told StateScoop he’s taking a position with the U.S. Digital Service, a White House division that assists federal agencies with application development and citizen-facing service delivery. Benjamin Freed has the news.


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