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03/02/2021
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Government agencies are looking into SolarWinds over that big breach. United Health Services estimated the cost of an apparent ransomware attack. And Kaspersky said mobile hacks dipped, and then recovered in 2020. This is CyberScoop for March 2, 2021.

SolarWinds goes under the microscope

SolarWinds, the Texas-based company that suspected Russian hackers breached, is facing investigations and inquiries from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, several state attorneys general and inquiries related to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, the company said Monday in its annual report to investors. SolarWinds also disclosed that it had paid $3.5 million to deal with the breach fallout, including investigation, remediation and legal fees, through the end of 2020. The disclosure is just the latest indication that SolarWinds will be feeling the burn of the espionage campaign for a long time. More with Shannon Vavra.


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Ransomware hits health giant’s pocket books

An apparent ransomware attack last fall cost one of America’s biggest health care providers, Universal Health Services, $67 million in pre-tax in losses, underscoring the heavy financial toll that criminals have exacted on the sector during the pandemic. The tally included lost revenue from diverting ambulances to UHS’s competitors and the labor it took to restore computer operations. A small clinic with less resources might not have stayed in business. Sean Lyngaas breaks it down.


Pandemic caused dip, then surge, in mobile attacks

Conventional wisdom says hackers have run riot with opportunities during the coronavirus pandemic. But data released Monday by Kaspersky paints a more nuanced picture. Mobile hacks were down in the first half of 2020 compared to the last half of 2019, according to the data, as attackers, like everybody else, coped with the pandemic. Mobile attacks shot back up in the second half of 2020  as hackers adjusted to pandemic life. Check out the numbers.


Atlantic Council talks limits on cyber offensive tools

The Atlantic Council on Monday released recommendations for countering offensive cyber capabilities sold via "access-as-a-service" firms like NSO Group and DarkMatter. Among the policy proposals: Nations should establish "know your vendor" laws to require such companies to identify all their vendors and customers before selling to governments, or nation-states should work with firms to impose technical limitations on their offensive capabilities. "Left unchecked, the continued proliferation of offensive capabilities could significantly damage the global economy, international security, and the values that the United States and its allies hold dear," the council's report states. Read the full report here.


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