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04/05/2021
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The manufacturing sector's transparency about ransomware is uneven. Hackers put Facebook user data up for all to see. And CNA shared info on its recent breach. This is CyberScoop for April 5, 2021.

Ransomware silences manufacturing sector

Ransomware incidents are affecting manufacturers’ bottom line during the pandemic, but you might not know it based on their carefully worded press statements. Two years after a devastating ransomware attack on its systems, aluminum giant Norsk Hydro remains an outlier for transparency in the sector. At stake is a public understanding of how these intrusions can be thwarted. Sean Lyngaas dove deep.


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Facebook’s leak issue

Data about 553 million Facebook users’ including phone numbers, email addresses, full names, birthdates and location has leaked online in recent days, according to security researcher Alon Gal, raising concerns about a spike in scams targeting vulnerable Facebook users. The existence of the leak was first reported by Motherboard in January, when the users’ personal data was available for sale online — but now, a suspected cybercriminal has posted the data to a hacking forum, free of charge. Ireland’s Data Protection Commission said it will probe whether the data is indeed old. Shannon Vavra has more.


CNA on the mend from ransomware attack

Insurance giant CNA acknowledged the cyberattack it endured last month was ransomware, and said that its email system is back to working. It's implemented some more security but is not all the way back yet. The company didn't say whether it had learned that the hackers accessed policyholder data, which could be a jackpot they could use to leverage higher payouts in future ransomware attacks. Tim Starks has the update.


APT exploits of Fortinet devices draw federal warning

Advanced hackers have been using old flaws in popular enterprise software in a likely attempt to breach “multiple government, commercial, and technology services networks,” CISA and the FBI warned on Friday. The three bugs were revealed from 2018 and 2020, and are in Fortinet’s security software, FortiOS. Patches have long been available, but that’s rarely enough to solve a problem like this. Sean reports.


Turner heads to GMF

Maurice Turner, fresh off a run at the Election Assistance Commission, is joining the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund. He'll be a cybersecurity fellow. Turner previously served as a senior policy adviser to the executive director of the EAC. Here's more on Turner.


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