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11/16/2020
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Chris Krebs is still at CISA. In case you missed it, TikTok got another reprieve. And a video game company details a ransomware attack. This is CyberScoop for Monday, November 16, 2020.

Krebs still has a job at CISA

Chris Krebs is still the director of DHS's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, agency spokesperson Sara Sendek told CyberScoop Monday morning. Speculation that the White House might fire him peaked last week after Reuters reported that Krebs told associates he expected to be canned. The report set off alarm bells on Capitol Hill and among private cybersecurity executives, who lauded Krebs’ work on election security. Krebs reportedly drew attention from the White House for <a href="https://twitter.com/CISAKrebs">debunking conspiracy theories</a> about the presidential election. More coverage.


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TikTok gets two U.S. government reprieves

The Treasury Department extended a deadline for Beijing-based ByteDance to divest in TikTok, as the company continues to work through a deal to spin off its U.S. operations in which Oracle and Walmart would have a stake. TikTok said it was still in discussions with the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The Treasury announcement for a 15-day extension came after the Commerce Department also said it wouldn't move forward with implementing a Trump administration TikTok ban amid a court battle. The administration says the video-sharing app is a threat to the security and privacy of Americans. Tim Starks writes about the countdown.


Ragnar Locker gang cited in Capcom breach

Japanese video game company Capcom provided more details Monday about a data breach that potentially exposed as many as 350,000 records of customers, employees and business partners. The attack was the result of ransomware by the cybercrime gang known as Ragnar Locker, the company said. Only a handful of records of current and former employees were definitely compromised in the attack, Capcom reported, adding that it was unsure of the overall breadth of the incident because important log files were deleted. Cybersecurity researchers have said Ragnar Locker uses some novel tactics to evade detection on networks. Joe Warminsky has more.


SEC's Clayton emphasizes cyber achievements in departure announcement

Chairman Jay Clayton touted his cybersecurity record Monday morning when announcing he'd wrap up his tenure at the end of the year. He cited the SEC's establishment of a Cyber Unit within its enforcement division, and publication of cyber risk alerts. "Our registrants are burdened in many ways right now, but this is one of those things we just can’t lose sight of," Clayton said in a CNBC interview last week. More from Clayton.


Ryuk remains highly dangerous, feds warn

The attackers behind the Ryuk ransomware are still a serious and immediate threat to U.S. hospital computers, federal officials said Friday in an advisory to the health sector obtained by CyberScoop. “At this time, we consider the threat to be credible, ongoing, and persistent,” says the alert from the FBI, CISA and the Department of Health and Human Services. “Of note, some recent healthcare sector victims have experienced very short periods of time between initial compromise and activation – even under a few hours.” The advisory follows an extraordinary public warning from the feds two weeks ago that computers at U.S. hospitals were facing an onslaught from Ryuk. More coverage of Ryuk.


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