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04/19/2021
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An administrator for a big cybercrime ring gets sentenced to prison. NATO wraps up a cyber defense exercise. And there's another supply chain hack on the scene. This is CyberScoop for April 19, 2021.

FIN7 admin gets 10 years

U.S. prosecutors on Friday scored a big win in their years-long fight with FIN7, the multibillion-dollar cybercrime ring that has defrauded people in 47 states, when an admitted IT administrator for the group was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Fedir Hladyr was remorseful in his final hearing, pleading for the chance to reunite with his family. The judge sympathized, but not enough to let Hladyr free on time served. Sean Lyngaas was first on the scene.


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NATO’s latest cyber exercise

Member nations of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization have banded together in recent days to confront an apparent cyberattack carried out against an alliance member’s critical infrastructure, according to NATO. NATO is also working to battle a stream of disinformation about the attack. But there’s a catch — the cyberattack and the disinformation are imagined. It’s all part of an annual exercise meant to test world leaders’ readiness to deal with live cyberthreats. Shannon Vavra dives in.


Codecov faces supply chain attack

Starting in January, attackers began altering Codecov’s Bash Uploader script and accessing Codecov customers’ information, the firm announced. The incident could impact Codecov customers’ credentials, tokens or keys passed through users’ continuous integration environments, as well as any services or data stores that could be accessed with those credentials or keys. Codecov, a platform that provides customers with reviews of code, has a customer list that includes Atlassian, Mozilla, Sweetgreen, Tile and The Washington Post, according to Codecov’s website. Shannon has more.


Touhill takes the helm of Carnegie CERT

Greg Touhill, the former chief information security officer of the U.S. government, will head up Carnegie Mellon’s CERT Division, a key hub for sharing software vulnerability information, the university announced Monday. Touhill brings years of cybersecurity experience in industry and government to the post. He was most recently president of AppGate’s Federal Group. Here's the announcement.


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