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12/02/2019
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The NSA *really* doesn't like when people lie about timesheets. Why is Y2K coming up in 2019? And even the security products have security holes. This is CyberScoop for December 2, 2019.

Doin' time for lying about time?

A contractor who has been working at the National Security Agency since 2017 has been charged with five counts of falsifying her timesheet, which amounted to the government paying her and her company $100,000 in all, according to an indictment filed in the U.S. District Court of Maryland last week. The contractor, Melissa Heyer, allegedly filed hours claiming to have been working in a SCIF when she was actually elsewhere. Bradley Moss, an attorney who specializes in national security law, told CyberScoop “in the overwhelming number of occasions, the agency will notify the individual in writing of the findings and offer an opportunity to correct or clarify the facts. If the discrepancies can’t be rectified, financial restitution is often sought. In 13 years, I have rarely seen criminal charges brought.” Shannon Vavra breaks it down.


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Everything should be under control

The federal government should do more to protect its most sensitive information from potentially being deleted or leaked by insiders, according to a new report from the intelligence community's inspector general. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence must “improve controls to efficiently and effectively manage and mitigate the risk that a trusted privileged user could inappropriately access, modify, destroy, or exfiltrate classified data,” the report states. The semiannual report, released last week, also details a number of ongoing intelligence community programs and audits meant to boost the cybersecurity of the intelligence community writ large, among them projects on overhauling the security clearance process and efforts to cut down on procurement fraud. Shannon has more.


Y2K in 2019?

Remember the turn of the millennium, when an extra digit in the year logged in computer programs caused headaches for IT administrators at various organizations? Splunk, the popular data analytics provider, is telling its users to patch a similar flaw in its platform. Starting Jan. 1, unpatched “instances” of the Spunk platform won’t recognize data that is stamped with a two-digit year. The issue would keep users from getting from getting accurate results when they query threat data for key information. Sean Lyngaas has more.


Even the security products can have security problems

Researchers are continuously probing popular security products that might give attackers a foothold onto a target computer. The latest results from that work came today, when SafeBreach Labs released analysis of vulnerabilities the company discovered in an update mechanism from Autodesk, a VPN made by Kaspersky, and AV software from Trend Micro. The vulnerabilities, which the vendors have addressed in one way or another, are not trivial. The Autodesk flaw, for example, could allow an attacker to escalate privileges on a machine and upload their own code. You can read the full report here.


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