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06/02/2020
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Anonymous didn't hack the police, despite claims to the contrary. What, exactly, did Gov. Walz mean when he suggested the NSA was responding to the George Floyd protests? And a big advance in Apple's privacy structure had a flaw. This is CyberScoop for Tuesday, June 2.

Anonymous aims for relevance

Anonymous, the once-formidable hacking collective, continued its transformation into a cohort of social media opportunists by claiming to “leak” files and personal information that, in some cases, has been available for years. The group said it retaliated against the Minneapolis police department for the May 25th killing of George Floyd by publishing email addresses and passwords apparently stolen from a police website. The information was previously taken in prior data breaches, then re-packaged to appear to be a new batch, according to Troy Hunt, owner of Have I Been Pwned, which tracks stolen credentials. Jeff Stone has more context.


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Understanding the Minnesota governor's NSA comments

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's office says the NSA did not provide the state with signals intelligence as its law enforcement agencies responded to protests against the killing of George Floyd. It's an about-face from the governor's prior statement in which he suggested the military was sharing that intel. Generally, the NSA says it does not aim to collect Americans' electronic communications information. Yet there are specific times when it can. Walz’s comments — combined with speculation about how NSA data collection might apply to the protests — were enough to fuel questions about the agency’s involvement. As President Trump urges governors to “dominate” protests, more questions may arise as to the military’s role. Shannon Vavra walks you through it.


A hundred-grand Apple hack

Apple continues to pay big bucks to white-hat hackers to find flaws in the tech giant’s software. In the latest example, a New Delhi-based programmer discovered a bug that let him use the “Sign in with Apple” feature to takeover third-party applications relying on it. The feature is increasingly popular with app developers, so shoring up its security is all the more important. Sean Lyngaas has the details.


How the telework tested state cybersecurity

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced state government employees to start working from home, most employees hadn’t been acclimated to the isolation they would soon experience. Cybersecurity officials didn’t have enough time to ensure operations could continue under the same conservative privacy and data-security standards. As Daniel Dister, chief information security officer for the State of New Hampshire, watched staff leave government offices to work from home, ZIP codes or even states away, he said he sometimes had no choice but to vet and approve new tools with “just one-tenth” of the time normally afforded for such sensitive decisions. Colin Wood has more at StateScoop.


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