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07/29/2021
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A bipartisan Senate bill aims to counter fraudulent court orders for surveillance and other purposes. How can grassroots efforts like #ShareTheMicInCyber strengthen "whole of society" cyber cooperation? And BlackMatter might be taking the place of two prominent ransomware gangs. This is CyberScoop for July 29, 2021.

Sen. Wyden legislation counters counterfeit court orders

Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and a pair of colleagues are introducing legislation requiring courts to adopt digital signatures for orders that authorize surveillance, domain seizures and online content removal. The encrypted signatures can help crack down on forgery, which miscreants have used to authorize illegal wiretap or solicit Google to take down embarrassing links. Federal courts would first test the NIST-approved tech, followed by state and tribal courts. Tim had the news first.


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BlackMatter ransomware gang has links to DarkSide, REvil

Several threat intel firms have traced connections from the apparently shuttered DarkSide and REvil ransomware gangs to another organization that emerged just last week. Flashpoint, Mandiant and Recorded Future found connections between BlackMatter and DarkSide, which disappeared a little after the Colonial Pipeline incident in May, and/or REvil, which disappeared this month after the Kaseya hack. Whether it's operators from the disbursed gangs finding new homes, a full rebranding or something else isn't 100% clear. Tim has this one, too.


Why grassroots efforts like #ShareTheMicInCyber play a vital role in cyber

The lack of trust between the public and private sectors must be overcome at the grassroots level by creating strong communities and humanizing practitioners, #ShareTheMicInCyber founders Camille Stewart and Lauren Zabierek argue in a new editorial. The entire cyber community must create opportunities for dialogue, partnership and mutual understanding to create the space for new ideas and stronger toolkits to mitigate growing threats. That's happening in the form of #ShareTheMicInCyber, which aims to address systemic racism, as well as organizations like Girl Security, a mentoring initiative, and I Am The Cavalry, a volunteer movement. Read Camille and Lauren's editorial here.


Alleged ATM scammers nabbed in Poland

Police in Warsaw arrested two Belarusian nationals on July 17 in connection with a scheme to hack ATMs, remotely forcing the machines to dispel cash. Europol said the two men stole the equivalent of $273,000 by drilling holes or melting parts of the ATM, then connecting it to a laptop that instructed the ATM to dispense money. The crime spree targeted cash machines in some seven countries. Here's the announcement.


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