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09/24/2021
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Biden administration officials endorse a 24-hour window for reporting cyber incidents. A Senate panel wants to send DOD more cyber dollars. And French ministers might have been Pegasus targets. This is CyberScoop for September 24, 2021.

U.S. cyber officials wade in on breach reporting mandates

CISA Director Jen Easterly offered her views on pending cyber incident reporting legislation at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on Thursday. She said she favored requiring critical infrastructure owners and operators, federal contractors and agencies to report attacks to her agency within 24 hours of discovery. She also said she favored fines over subpoenas as a way of compelling reports. National Cyber Director Chris Inglis backed up her preferences, which came a couple days after DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said he was in favor of the reporting mandates. The cyber incident reporting legislation is one of several ways Congress and the Biden administration are weighing how much to demand, rather than request, that the private sector shore up its defenses. Tim Starks has the story.


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Senate NDAA bill places deep focus on cyber, IT and AI

The Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday submitted its version of the annual defense policy bill, authorizing $768 billion in spending on defense that prioritizes the modernization of the military’s IT and cybersecurity capabilities, including the approval of an additional $286 million in cyber spending across the Department of Defense. Highlights on the cybersecurity front include the authorization of funds to be used across the DOD and the requirement that the department develops “a joint zero trust strategy and a model architecture for the Department of Defense Information Network.” The DOD CIO would work with the commander of the Joint Forces Headquarters-Department of Defense Information Network to issue that plan, and each of the military services and DOD components would be required to develop “detailed implementation plans.” Billy Mitchell has more at FedScoop.


Report: French cabinet members targeted with Pegasus spyware

A news outlet in France reported Thursday that the phones of five French cabinet ministers had "traces" of Pegasus spyware, citing a report from French security services and anonymous sources. That doesn't mean the cabinet members got hacked, but it is evidence that they were targeted, according to the outlet, Medipart. NSO Group, makers of the Pegasus spyware, denied that French government officials were ever Pegasus targets. Read the investigation.


A close look at the dark side of email

Microsoft this week disclosed an apparent phishing campaign that utilized more than 300,000 unique web domains. It's a piece of research that hints at a massive phishing-as-a-service operation, BulletProofLink, in which scammers leased email templates, web hosting and automated services at a relatively low cost, researchers say. There are also accompanying YouTube and Vimeo videos instructing would-be attackers on how to sift through a victim's account and steal data. Evidence suggests that clients could receive an array of services for prices ranging between $50 and $800. Here's the blog post.


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