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09/29/2021
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The chief executive of Group-IB is apprehended in a strange case in Russia. U.S. security personnel have guidance on how to use VPNs safely. And understanding the latest movements on Capitol Hill. This is CyberScoop for September 29, 2021.

Russia arrests Group-IB CEO Illya Sachkov on reported treason charges

Russian authorities have arrested the head of a prominent cybersecurity firm on charges of treason and will keep him in custody for two months, a Moscow court said Wednesday. The Lefortovo District Court of Moscow ordered the arrest of Illya Sachkov, the chief executive of Group-IB, on charges of high treason, the Russian news agency TASS reported. Law enforcement also raided the company’s offices in Moscow. While the exact circumstances of the case remain unclear, Sachkov appears to be charged with transferring intelligence data to special services outside Russia. In a statement, the company said it is confident in Sachkov's innocence. Jeff Stone has the latest.


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Take care of those VPNs, say NSA and CISA

The NSA and CISA published guidance Tuesday on how to secure virtual private network devices that foreign government-backed hackers have frequently targeted. “VPN servers are entry points into protected networks, making them attractive targets,” Rob Joyce, director of cybersecurity at the NSA, said on Twitter. Advanced persistent threat groups, a term that typically refers to state-sponsored hackers, "have and will exploit VPNs,” he continued. While the advice was broad, the NSA specifically said it would help protect the DOD, national security systems and defense contractors. Tim Starks has the info.


Senate panel leaders toss their breach reporting bill into the fray

The leaders of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee introduced their version of cyber incident reporting legislation, which would require reports to CISA from critical infrastructure owners and operators within 72 hours of a cyberattack. Chairman Gary Peters, D-Mich., alongside top panel Republican Rob Portman of Ohio, also would require certain organizations to report if they make a ransom payment within 24 hours. It gives CISA authority to subpoena victims of such attacks should they fail to meet the bill's requirements. It's the third major bill on the subject, each of which take a different approach to the timeframe of reports, who has to provide reports and the consequences for not complying. Check out the bill.


House members want K-12 cyber funds in reconciliation

A group of six House Democrats wrote to congressional leaders Monday asking that their legislation funding cybersecurity programs for K-12 schools be included in the $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation act that Democrats and President Joe Biden are struggling to pass. In the letter, the members, led by Rep. Doris Matsui of California, argue that the rising rate of ransomware attacks against public schools nationwide should be addressed by the far-ranging budget bill. The letter cites statistics from the K-12 Cybersecurity Resource Center that found that between 2016 and 2020, there were more than 1,100 publicly acknowledged cyberattacks, including nearly 400 last year, involving K-12 schools or their IT vendors. Benjamin Freed explains at StateScoop.


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