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06/22/2021
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The Department of Homeland Security's cyber outfit says it's missing some key visibility. Spanish-language misinformation remains problematic on Facebook. And the SEC is reportedly digging into the SolarWinds breach disclosures. This is CyberScoop for June 22, 2021.

CISA says it doesn't know how many agencies block outside traffic

The Department of Homeland Security’s top cybersecurity agency doesn’t know how many agencies are segmenting their networks from unwanted outside traffic, a basic security practice, according to a letter recently sent to the office of Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) by the agency. The agency also agreed with the determination that such a practice could have thwarted some of activity by Russian hackers to infiltrate nine federal agencies using SolarWinds software. CISA said it doesn't intend to direct all agencies to use firewalls but it's looking at other ways to drive federal agency security. “Instead of weakening our privacy laws to enable warrantless surveillance of U.S. networks, the government should be mandating that agencies and companies that hold Americans’ sensitive data adopt basic cyber hygiene, which is far more effective," Wyden told us. Tonya Riley has more.


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Spanish COVID-19 misinformation continues on Facebook

Facebook is still struggling to rein in COVID-19 misinformation in Spanish, a recent report from the advocacy group Avaaz indicates. A review of top-performing Instagram posts claiming that vaccines Redner patients magnetic shows that fact-checking on Spanish-language posts was virtually non-existent to their English language counterparts. Experts say it highlights Facebook's ongoing struggle to moderate disinformation in Spanish at the same rates of English-language content. Facebook says it employs the same AI tools for Spanish and English moderation. Tonya reports.


SEC wants to know more about the SolarWinds campaign

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether more American companies were affected by the hack at federal contractor SolarWinds. The White House previously suggested that nine federal agencies and roughly 100 U.S. companies were ensnared in the alleged Russian cyber-espionage effort, though details about the companies in question remain spare. The SEC is opening a probe focused on understanding if more SolarWinds clients failed to disclose their own issues, as Reuters reported. That story is here.


DOD to elevate cyber, network testing in new exercises

The Department of Defense will hold new war games before the end of 2021 to simulate the ability of the U.S. military to fight future conflicts while coming under sustained cyberattack. The latest exercises will differ from current war games that focus on guns and tanks or experimenting with emerging tech, Lt. Gen. Dennis Crall, chief information officer for the Joint Staff said Monday. They will be focused on testing the Joint All Domain Command and Control strategy, where networks connect all military operations in air, land, sea, space and cyberspace. Jackson Barnett has the latest.


Sen. King praises Inglis confirmation

Senator Angus King (I-Maine), co-chair of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission, praised Chris Inglis’ confirmation as the first national cyber director in U.S. history. “In the days ahead, I will continue working with my Congressional colleagues to ensure Chris has the resources he needs to succeed in this vital task – including providing adequate funding to build out the Office of the National Cyber Director and giving him a talented partner in this fight by confirming Jen Easterly to serve as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency,” King said in a statement. Read more on that here.


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