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01/17/2020
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A Stuxnet-like attack affecting industrial equipment is that latest evidence that security in that sector needs an upgrade. The FBI intends to notify statewide officials if voting technology in their jurisdiction is hacked, a significant upgrade. And the feds shutter a search engine for stolen data. This is CyberScoop for Friday, January 17.

Stuxnet: Still influencing hacks, a decade later

Flavian Dola, a researcher at the cyber subsidiary of planemaking giant Airbus, has shown how some of the most insidious tricks in Stuxnet could be applied to attacks against other industrial control systems. In a paper quietly published - and then taken down - this week, Dola showed how he executed malicious code on a different type of programmable logic controller (PLCs), which are industrial computers, than the one that Stuxnet corrupted at the Iranian enrichment facility a decade ago. This has big security implications: Experts said the security of PLCs, which control things like valves, pumps, and circuit breakers, needs to catch up with that of modern computing devices. Sean Lyngaas had the story first.


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FBI says it will notify state election officials if voting infrastructure is hacked

That's a shift from the bureau's longstanding policy of only notifying local officials and vendors. Previously, the FBI would only inform a local government or election-technology vendor if it had been hacked, consistent with an agencywide policy of only notifying cybercrime victims. But with the federal government and states expanding their collaboration on election security — and pressure from state officials wanting more information about threats against their systems — the bureau said it would make an exception for elections. “We realized this traditional approach did not fit in the elections context,” a senior FBI official said on a conference call with reporters. StateScoop's Benjamin Freed has the story.


A search engine for hacked data goes dark

The U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday announced its seized weleakinfo.com, which has existed since 2017. The site sold different subscription levels, making it possible for scammers to access and search through the database. Two 22-year-old men, one in the Netherlands and the other in Northern Ireland, were arrested in connection with running the site. Weleakinfo, and other sites like it, essentially function as a malicious version of HaveIBeenPwned, a database where visitors can check if their information has been compromised. HaveIBeenPwned only allows users to determine if an email address has been included in various data breaches. Jeff Stone has more details.


McAfee hires new CEO

The security firm McAfee said Thursday its replaced CEO Chris Young, who led McAfee after its 2015 split from Intel, with Peter Leav, the former chief executive at the enterprise software firm BMC. It's a move that coincides with McAcfee's rumored march to an initial public offering, or a possible merger with NortonLifeLock (the company formerly known as Symantec). Leav, who's scheduled to get to work on Feb. 3, departed his former employer after the private equity company KKR spent $8.5 billion to purchase BMC. Reuters had the exclusive.


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