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12/02/2021
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Insider threats again are at top of mind for U.S. prosecutors, who say a staffer at a $2 billion tech firm tried monetizing stolen data. Facebook's latest takedown report delves into disinformation out of China, Belarus. And details on a ransomware attack against a Florida school. This is CyberScoop for December 2, 2021.

Former Ubiquiti employee is charged with data theft, extortion

The FBI arrested a former employee of a U.S. technology company for allegedly breaching and stealing confidential data from his employer and then extorting the company for nearly $2 million. The defendant, Nickolas Sharp, also allegedly posed as a whistleblower to plant misleading news about the company’s breach, according to an indictment released Wednesday. Those articles caused the company’s market value to drop, according to the Justice Department. The indictment does not mention the company where Sharp worked, though the timeline and details of the incident match up with a breach of router company Ubiquiti discovered in January. Tonya Riley has the court documents.


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CISA selects cyber advisory committee members

CISA named 23 people to a cybersecurity advisory committee that will make recommendations to the agency on things such as critical infrastructure protection and misinformation. The list draws from major tech companies, cyber firms, academia and more. Congress ordered the panel's creation in the most recent annual defense policy bill, and it's set for its first meeting next week. Tim Starks has the details.


Meta scrubbed a fake scientist's account that spread bogus COVID-19 claims

On July 24, 2021, a Swiss biologist, Wilson Edwards, claimed on Facebook and Twitter that the United States was pressuring the World Health Organization to blame the origin of COVID-19 on the Chinese government. Within an hour, Chinese officials were promoting the message on social media, using the apparent claim to turn public opinion against the U.S. after China attracted scrutiny for reportedly rejecting further investigation into the origins of the virus. But Wilson Edwards wasn’t real, and the ruse was a part of an elaborate coordinated campaign based in China to discredit the U.S., researchers at Meta, which is owned by Facebook, revealed Wednesday. Tonya has more.


Data compromised in Fla. school ransomware case

A South Florida school district that suffered a ransomware attack earlier this year is sending breach notification alerts to students and staff whose personal information may have been stolen in the incident. Broward County Public Schools is in the process of sending notices to about 50,000 people that their data may have been exposed in the March 7 attack. At the time, according to reports, school officials were mum when asked if the incident had resulted in the theft of any sensitive data from the large school district. Benjamin Freed looks closer at StateScoop.


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