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12/07/2020
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Defense contractors, beware. Cyber is a key part of the EU's overtures to the incoming president. And if you don't know about Egregor, now you know. This is CyberScoop for Monday, Dec. 7, 2020.

NSA tips off a Russian threat

The National Security Agency warned U.S. defense contractors Monday to be on alert for Russian state-sponsored hackers exploiting a recently announced vulnerability. The issue, which affects VMware Workspace One Access, Access Connector, Identity Manager and Identity Manager Connector, is a command injection vulnerability that could allow attackers to execute arbitrary commands on target computers. The Russian hackers, which the NSA did not identify more specifically, appear to have successfully accessed protected systems by exploiting the flaw. Shannon Vavra has more details.


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EU makes an overture to Biden

European Union members convened a ministerial discussion Monday in an effort to take stock of the 2020 U.S. presidential election and plan how to best jumpstart cooperation with the incoming Biden administration on a whole host of issues, including cybersecurity matters. In the cyber arena, the European Commission and the office of the EU High Representative have proposed the EU and the U.S. increase cybersecurity-related information-sharing and capacity-building efforts and coordinate repercussions for bad actors in cyberspace. Former European and American cyber diplomats say the work ahead should focus on battling disinformation, improving deterrence and increasing collective action. Shannon has the big picture.


Hobbling the HR department

A nascent strain of ransomware, Egregor, has reportedly hit large organizations such as Barnes & Noble and the Vancouver, Canada's transit agency in recent weeks. Now, the gang behind the ransomware has breached Randstad, one of the largest head-hunting companies in the world. The company said its operations weren’t disrupted, but it's a reminder that there is a new “big-game hunting” ransomware group in town. Sean Lyngaas reports.


Cyber provisions still on track to clear Congress

The outlook for a key piece of cybersecurity legislation remains the same this week, despite some threats from President Trump against the larger bill that contains it. The House is set to vote as early as Tuesday on the annual defense policy bill, and the Senate also could act sometime this week, sending it to the White House for the president's signature. Trump informally threatened to veto the legislation because he wants it to include a repeal of part of a 1996 law that protects social media companies from liability over what their users post. The bill's reputation as a vehicle for that kind of addition also made it the home for multiple cybersecurity policy provisions, including a proposal to establish a Senate-confirmed national cyber director who would advise the president on cybersecurity and coordinate the federal government’s related work. Tim Starks explained the cyber proposals.


A landmark IoT bill becomes law

After years of wrangling and delays, a bill that would require internet-of-things devices bought by the federal government to have security standards has become law. It's a big step forward in efforts to encourage organizations to implement vulnerability disclosure policies. Tim did a deep dive on the legislation.


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