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03/26/2021
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Gen. Paul Nakasone discusses NSA's inability to monitor suspicious activity at home. A Microsoft update on how many firms are stopping spies. And threats against the ICS sector surge. This is CyberScoop for March 26, 2021.

NSA’s Nakasone warns of gaps in visibility

National Security Agency Director Gen. Paul Nakasone told lawmakers Thursday that something must be done to change the lack of insight the government has into foreign hacking campaigns when they exploit domestic internet infrastructure. Testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee, he did not suggest that the NSA or Cyber Command should take on those responsibilities. “It’s not the fact that we can’t connect the dots — we can’t see all the dots,” Nakasone said. “We have a difficulty as a government understanding the totality of the actual intrusion.” Shannon Vavra has all the details.


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Microsoft has good news and bad news

Over 92% of servers around the world that were vulnerable to recently announced Microsoft flaws have been patched or mitigated, the company says. The statistics are no doubt good news, as security researchers have tracked hackers from China exploiting systems and warned of an onslaught of ransomware attackers. But the revelations about high percentages of patching don’t speak to the number of organizations that hackers have already been able to exploit. Shannon keeps you posted.


ICS threats on the rise

The number of industrial computers targeted by hackers in the second half of 2020 increased in 62% of the countries examined by security firm Kaspersky in a new study. The biggest jump in targeted computers was in the building automation and oil and gas sectors, researchers found. The data comes as an increasing number of industrial engineers have worked remotely during the coronavirus pandemic. Dig deeper.


Cryptominers are going nuts on Docker Hub

Docker Hub, a popular platform for developing software apps, has long had to contend with scammers abusing the service. Now, new research from Palo Alto Networks drives home the scale of the problem. Analyst Aviv Sasson found that 30 malicious images on Docker Hub had been downloaded 20 million times in cryptocurrency-mining incidents worth $200,000. More details here.


US Special Ops Command aims to prioritize stronger communications encryption

The commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) is focused on improving the encryption of his organization's communications. Commander Gen. Richard Clarke said during a hearing on Capitol Hill Thursday that SOCOM needs "encrypted communications and electronic warfare capabilities so that our forces… reduce the probability of them to be targeted." He continued: “I personally changed our modernization priorities and restructured our funding to modernize those capabilities." Jackson Barnett has more at FedScoop.


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