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03/11/2021
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The FBI says that the Chinese and Russians are deploying deepfakes. At least 10 APT groups are exploiting Microsoft Exchange Server vulnerabilities, although federal networks aren't yet victims, apparently. And F5 Networks disclosed some critical bugs. This is CyberScoop for March 11, 2021.

FBI weighs in on deepfakes

The FBI warned in an alert Wednesday that malicious actors “almost certainly” will be using deepfakes to advance their influence or cyber-operations in the coming weeks. The alert notes that foreign actors are already using deepfakes or synthetic media — manipulated digital content like video, audio, images and text — in their influence campaigns. “Foreign actors are currently using synthetic content in their influence campaigns, and the FBI anticipates it will be increasingly used by foreign and criminal cyber actors for spearphishing and social engineering in an evolution of cyber operational tradecraft,” states the alert obtained by CyberScoop. Shannon Vavra and Sean Lyngaas have the details.


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An Exchange Server feeding frenzy

Well, that escalated quickly. At least 10 APT groups have exploited critical flaws in Microsoft Exchange Server in intrusions around the world, researchers at ESET said Wednesday. The surge in hacking suggests multiple sets of espionage groups had access to the software exploit before Microsoft released a patch. Sean has the story.


Feds haven’t been hit by Exchange attacks — yet

Federal civilian agencies haven’t reported any exploitation of Exchange Server bugs on their networks, CISA officials told Congress Wednesday. It’s a rare bit of good news in an otherwise dire security situation facing tens of thousands of organizations across the U.S. But there’s a bigger takeaway from the Exchange Server debacle and the SolarWinds breach, said acting CISA chief Brandon Wales: The U.S. government “must raise our game” in cybersecurity. Sean has this one, too.


Critical situation: F5 releases patches

F5 Networks revealed critical vulnerabilities for its BIG-IP and BIG-IQ products, some of which would allow remote code execution. In all, the company disclosed 21 vulnerabilities, the majority less severe. Some experts worry that the problems might be worse than they appear at first glance, but F5 has released patches. Tim Starks has more.


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