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10/22/2021
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The top consumer protection agency in the U.S. examined internet service providers' use of Americans' data, and it doesn't bode well for privacy. And two bulletproof web operators are sentenced to prison time. This is CyberScoop for October 22, 2021.

Internet providers fail to inform Americans about use of sensitive data

Internet service providers fail to disclose to consumers how they use sensitive data, obscure privacy practices and make it difficult to opt-out of collection, according to a report released Thursday by the Federal Trade Commission. The study signals that telecoms may not escape the agency’s efforts to establish consumer privacy protections, even as platforms like Facebook and Google dominate the conversation. “While several ISPs in our study tell consumers they will not sell their data, they fail to reveal to consumers the myriad of ways that their data can be used, transferred, or monetized outside of selling it, often burying such disclosures in the fine print of their privacy policies,” the report concludes. Tonya Riley breaks it down.


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As attention grows, #ShareTheMicInCyber leaders explain why mid-career talent matters

#ShareTheMicInCyber, a group dedicated to boosting diversity in the cyber field, today is holding a fourth online conversation pairing Black practitioners with allies in the security sector to highlight Black talent. “Individual action is extremely important and can catalyze collective action,” co-founder Camille Stewart said at CyberWeek. “Grassroots movements like #ShareTheMicInCyber can help break down the trust silos that plague our industry and cripple progress.” The lesson seems especially pertinent as government agencies have in recent months had to grapple with the challenge of filling critical cybersecurity jobs. Tonya explains.


Hosting operators sentenced for role in aiding spread of malware that stole $100M

A federal judge sentenced two men to multi-year prison terms for their role in providing services to cybercriminals, including some big name malware that cost victims millions of dollars in losses, the Justice Department said. Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan gave Pavel Stassi of Estonia 24 months in prison and Aleksandr Skorodumov of Lithuania received 48 months after pleading guilty to one count each of RICO conspiracy. The two men were part of a larger operation providing “bulletproof hosting,” which involved hosting rented IP addresses, servers, domains and malware to scammers in a way that provided more anonymity and protection from law enforcement than more legitimate hosting providers would provide. Tim Starks looks closer.


Missouri auditor finds cyber hygiene lapses across local governments

Local governments in Missouri should take steps to improve their cybersecurity postures, according to a report from Missouri State Auditor Nicole Galloway. The report is a compilation of 11 audits conducted between July 2020 and June 2021 on the cybersecurity practices of certain school districts, courts, counties and cities in Missouri. Galloway’s new publication offered cybersecurity recommendations to each organization in response to each individual audit, but also found several common mistakes across the 11 local reviews, including not changing passwords regularly, not backing up data securely and not locking computers after unsuccessful log-in attempts. The lack of basic cyber hygiene puts local agencies at risk for “hacking, theft and other disruptions,” state officials said. Ryan Johnston has more at StateScoop.


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