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04/26/2021
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Law enforcement is trying to kill off a big botnet. The owner of a popular password manager got compromised. And civil liberties groups want the Supreme Court to take a surveillance case. This is CyberScoop for April 26, 2021.

Another stab at Emotet

For years cybercriminals have used the Emotet botnet to spread ransomware such as Ryuk and other malware around the world. But over the weekend authorities sent a specially crafted file to infected devices so that Emotet no longer runs automatically on those devices. It’s the latest step of an operation targeting Emotet that law enforcement authorities from around the world launched earlier this year. More with Shannon Vavra.


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It’s supply-chain-hack o’clock

This year’s theme of relatively obscure software suppliers being thrown into the headlines in big supply chain compromises continued last week when Click Studios, the owner of a popular password manager, revealed a breach. The attackers had unfettered access to the password manager’s update mechanism for more than 24 hours. Click Studios claims that 370,000 IT professionals use the software. Sean Lyngaas has the story.


Do you need a warrant for that?

The EFF and ACLU are renewing a years-long challenge to U.S. border agents’ warrantless searches of travelers’ electronic devices. The rights groups on Friday asked the Supreme Court to review a 2017 lawsuit they filed against DHS on behalf of 11 Americans who say they were groundlessly searched upon returning to the U.S.; the case has big implications for travelers’ privacy. Sean has this one, too.


R.I.P., Dan Kaminsky

News of the passing of Dan Kaminsky, a pioneering securing researcher, spread over the weekend. Fellow hackers remembered Dan’s acts of kindness and his passion for making the internet a more secure and prosperous place. He is best known for finding a critical flaw in the Domain Name System protocol that he worked with vendors to mitigate, and for being one of seven people who held the keys needed to protect DNS security extensions from compromise. Here’s an op-ed that Dan wrote for CyberScoop in 2016 in which he advocated for a “National Institutes of Health for cyber” to save the internet.


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