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03/26/2020
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It looks like hackers are getting comfortable in the home office, too. Sen. Mark Warner double checks vendors' internet security plans. And GE discloses a big ol' breach. This is CyberScoop for Thursday, March 26.

Home routers targeted at the worst possible time

Hackers are messing with home routers' DNS settings as telework surges around the world, according to new BitDefender research, spelling possible disaster for companies’ sensitive data. Attackers have begun changing settings in Linksys routers in the U.S. and countries throughout Europe, pointing users to what appears to be a legitimate website that also includes a pop-up message with information about the coronavirus pandemic. However, once a user clicks through, a fake coronavirus-related app may be downloaded containing malware known as Oski, which can perform a host of nefarious activities. Shannon Vavra has the breakdown.


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A Senator checks on internet vendors’ security during COVID-19

The top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee has written to six tech companies, including Google, to ensure they are taking extra steps to secure their products while millions of Americans telework during the coronavirus pandemic. Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia is asking firms to secure their routers, modems, and wireless access points from hackers as large swaths of the country stay home. In addition to Google, Warner wrote to hardware maker Asus, consumer electronics firms Belkin and Eero, and wireless networking firms Commscope and Netgear. Warner has introduced legislation in the Senate that would force commercial technology companies doing business with the government to have coordinated vulnerability disclosure programs. Read the letter here.


GE employee information stolen via third party

A data breach last month at a third-party vendor exposed personal data belonging to current and former GE employees and their beneficiaries. A hacker spent two weeks in early February collecting data from inside Canon Business Process Services, a GE service provider, after breaching a Canon employees' email account. A breach notification letter to GE employees reports that thieves accessed direct deposit forms, driver's licenses, passports, marriage certificates, tax forms and a number of forms containing detailed information. The episode again proves that, for scammers, the best way to breach Fortune 500 companies is through their partners. Here's the full explanation.


More free election security tools

Cybersecurity company King & Union said Wednesday that it is making its threat analysis platform available to political campaigns for free. The Virginia-based vendor is the latest organization to use the nonprofit Defending Digital Campaigns to offer its security tools to candidates to help protect the 2020 election. King & Union’s founder, John Cassidy, helped build Einstein, the multibillion dollar firewall that federal civilian agencies use to protect their networks. Here's what he's doing now.


New York hopes tech pros can help coronavirus response

New York State officials said Tuesday they're recruiting non-governmental technology professionals to assist with with the IT needs posed by the state’s massive response to the ongoing pandemic caused by the spread of the novel coronavirus. Dubbed “COVID-19 Technology SWAT Teams,” groups of technologists will be tasked with building solutions to the many issues raised by the health crisis, including ensuring people confined to their homes can still access state services and support for the emergency hospital facilities that are being deployed. In particular, New York is looking for people whose skill sets include product management, software development and engineering, hardware deployment, end-user support, design and data science. Benjamin Freed has more at StateScoop.


How to stop rogue devices on a network

Sepio Systems’ CEO Yossi Appleboum joined Greg Otto at the 2020 RSA Conference to talk about his new company, which focuses on stopping any device from becoming a problem on an enterprise network. He also talks about why he believes the term “Internet of Things” is a complete misnomer. Watch here.


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