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The Senate vets the president's nominees for CISA and the NCD. DOJ knocks out Slilpp. And Congress wants the administration to weigh in on ransomware ideas. This is CyberScoop for June 11, 2021.

What you need to know from the Easterly-Inglis hearing

Americans got their closest look yet on Thursday of how Biden’s two most important Senate-confirmed cybersecurity picks would approach key threats on the job. At a Senate confirmation hearing, Jen Easterly, the CISA director nominee, and Chris Inglis, the national cyber director pick, labeled ransomware a “scourge” that threatens national security. They vowed to work with critical infrastructure firms to improve their defenses and wondered if additional cyber regulations were necessary for the private sector. Sean Lyngaas has the rundown.


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DOJ takes another whack at the a black market for hackers

The Justice Department partnered with international law enforcement to take down Slilpp, an online marketplace offering stolen login credentials for various accounts including bank and online payment. It’s unclear how much cybercriminals scored financially using the stolen logins, but the newly unsealed affidavit for a warrant notes victim reports topping $200 million in losses in the U.S. alone. Slilpp reportedly sold login credentials for over 1,400 account providers at the time that law enforcement disrupted the marketplace’s servers and domains. The takedown is just the latest joint-effort between U.S. and international enforcement to erode cybercrime infrastructure. Tonya Riley reports.


Senators to White House: Tell us how to fix the ransomware mess

After the shutdown of major fuel and meat suppliers, the leadership of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has asked the White House for input on forthcoming legislation to combat ransomware attacks. Gary Peters, D-Mich., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio, wrote to the White House asking for suggestions on new authorities that the agencies might need to curtail ransomware, among other information. The suggestion box is truly open. The Washington Post was first to report on the letter. Read the whole missive.


Some Samsung apps arrived with security issues

A collection of seven vulnerabilities in apps that come loaded on Samsung smartphones could have made it possible for intruders to access users’ contacts, messages or surreptitiously add apps to a device, mobile security researchers have determined. The software flaws — in apps that have a wide swath of access through a device —  were uncovered as part of an assessment by Oversecured, a mobile security startup that reported its findings to Samsung. The phone-maker patched the issues in April and May software updates. Here’s the research.


'Hack the Army' yields 102 critical security gaps

White-hat hackers at a recent "Hack the Army" event were able to uncover 238 overall security flaws, of which 102 were critical. This year’s event, organized in January 2021 for six weeks, involved 40 “top-tier” security researcher from both military and civilian backgrounds, testing a range of assets to find security flaws. It is the 11th Hack the Army event. FedScoop's Jackson Barnett has this one.


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