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04/06/2021
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Suspected Chinese hackers keep busy in their neighborhood. A new tool for scammers impersonates DocuSign technology. And the Accellion fallout continues. This is CyberScoop for April 6, 2021.

Gone phishin’ in Vietnam

If China has a territorial dispute with a country, it’s a safe bet that Beijing-linked hackers are active against that country’s assets. The latest example came Monday when Kaspersky lifted the veil on a months-long suspected Chinese spying operations against the Vietnamese government. It could be a new hacking group, or a blend of others. Sean Lyngaas digs in.


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Emerging hacking tool 'EtterSilent' mimics DocuSign

Hackers are using a new, malleable malicious document builder to run their criminal schemes, according to Intel 471 research published Tuesday. EtterSilent also offers another benefit for criminals looking for the latest tools to run their schemes — the malicious document builder has been crafted to conceal the activities of its operators, and has been constantly updated in recent months to avoid detection, according to Intel 471. “The widespread use of EtterSilent shows how commoditization is a big part of the cybercrime economy,” the researchers note in a blog. Shannona Vavra looks closer.


Another Accellion-related breach

Stanford University has joined the ranks of large organizations that’ve had their data stolen and published by hackers as a result of their exposure to a vulnerability in IT tech from Accellion. Jack Cable, a Stanford student and cybersecurity researcher who has been an adviser to DHS, said more organizations like Stanford are falling victim to this breach is because they’re still reliant on outdated (and vulnerability-laden) software like Accellion. “I’m not placing the blame on the university or any particularly companies, but overall this is 20-year-old legacy software,” he said. Benjamin Freed has more.


Lawmakers wonder why schools aren’t secure

A pair of U.S. House members last week asked Education Secretary Miguel Cardona to take actions to help K-12 school districts invest in cybersecurity measures to improve their defenses against ransomware, phishing and other threats that continue to target the education sector. In a letter, Democratic Reps. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island and Doris Matsui of California asked Cardona to issue “immediate guidance” clarifying that school districts can use the federal funding provided in multiple rounds of coronavirus relief legislation on security products. Ben has more details.


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