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05/10/2021
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The Biden administration ramps up in response to the Colonial Pipeline attack. A Russian intelligence agency is said to still be on the hunt. And justice may be on the way for bulletproof hosting operators. This is CyberScoop for May 10, 2021.

Transportation Department declares emergency following Colonial Pipeline incident

The Biden administration on Sunday moved to alleviate any pressure on fuel supply resulting from the hack of one of the country’s biggest pipeline operators. The Transportation Department issued a “regional emergency declaration” allowing truckers to work longer hours to transport fuel following the ransomware attack on Colonial Pipeline. The company is still in the process of restoring operations. Sean Lyngaas has more.


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The early details on Colonial

News of the ransomware attack that triggered a shutdown came Friday, when Colonial announced that it "proactively took certain systems offline to contain the threat, which has temporarily halted all pipeline operations and affected some of our IT systems." The White House, CISA, Energy Department and law enforcement all swiftly got involved. Colonial also said it was working with a cybersecurity firm on an investigation. Sean had the initial story, too.


Russian spies looked for other espionage opportunities

After pulling off a sweeping breach of U.S. government networks last year, Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence agency has been scanning the internet for a vulnerability in Microsoft software previously exploited by Chinese spies, British and American security agencies say. The latest advisory did not elaborate on what the SVR might have done after finding vulnerable Microsoft Exchange Server software. But it’s only the latest evidence of the fallout after the flaw became public two months ago. Sean breaks it all down.


Guilty pleas for bulletproof hosting operators

Four Eastern European men pleaded guilty to a scheme overseeing websites that hosted malware used to cause victims hundreds of millions of dollars in losses, the Justice Department said Friday. Two Russian nationals and two Estonian men oversaw an organization that rented IP addresses, computers servers and domains to cybercriminals between 2008 and 2015.  The practice, known as “bulletproof hosting,” is popular with digital thieves trying to evade law enforcement agencies. They each face up to 20 years in prison. Sean also has this one.


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