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06/02/2021
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A suspected Russian state-sponsored hacking campaign has classic quarry. The fallout from a major meat provider's ransomware attack might be easing. And DOJ caught some suspected romance scammers. This is CyberScoop for June 2, 2021.

Here’s who Russian spies tried to hack

Ukrainian anti-corruption activists. An ex-U.S. ambassador. European disinformation researchers. These are some of the people and organizations that alleged Russian spies apparently tried to hack in a campaign announced by Microsoft last week. The target list points to the persistent threats that small nonprofits face from well-resourced hackers. “It’s part of [the] job,” as the co-founder of a Ukrainian anti-corruption group said. Sean Lyngaas has the scoop.


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There’s hope for you meat-lovers

Meat giant JBS says it expects the “vast majority” of its U.S. production to be back online Wednesday following a disruptive ransomware attack. The incident, which has hampered meat production on multiple continents, has had the U.S., Canadian and Australian governments scrambling to respond. The issue of safe havens for ransomware gangs could be on the agenda when President Biden meets Vladimir Putin in Geneva. Sean has more.


Illicit sale of alleged material on Russian company that aided Parler

Someone's offering up an alleged database and source code that belongs to DDoS-Guard, the Russian firm that helped social media site Parler get back on its feet after it was shunned by Amazon Web Services and others. They're selling it for $350,000 on exploit.in, a cybercrime forum popular with Russian-speaking hackers. There are questions about the credibility of the seller, but if it's legitimate anyone who buys it might be able to use it to carry out various kinds of cyberattacks. Tim Starks writes.


Millions more lost to romance scammers

U.S. prosecutors have charged nine people in connection with a scheme to defraud elderly Americans out of more than $2.5 million by pretending to be friends or romantic partners online. The suspects, who hail from Nigeria, Ghana and the U.S., used websites like Facebook and Google to find victims seeking friendship, companionship and love. By masquerading as interested partners who needed money, the thieves would convince unwitting victims, often senior citizens, to send them thousands of dollars at a time, the Justice Department said. Jeff Stone has the latest.


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