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10/25/2021
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A Russian hacking spree compromised technology vendors, the latest operation from the same crew that hit SolarWinds. Details on how Beijing actually is trying to collect American data. And another data scraping case to watch. This is CyberScoop for October 25, 2021.

Russian spies 'piggyback' global supply chain

Spies who exploited a federal contractor to breach nine U.S. government agencies last year have continued targeting technology supply chains, aiming to compromise 140 technology service providers in recent months, according to Microsoft. The Russian nation-state hacking group Nobelium — also known as Cozy Bear — has since May 2021 sought to infiltrate technology resellers, cloud software companies and managed services providers in an attempt to “piggyback” on those firms’ access to other customers, Tom Burt, corporate vice president of customer security and trust, said in an Oct. 24 advisory. Jeff Stone has more.


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How Beijing is stealing trade secrets

The Chinese government’s aggressive push to dominate emerging technology such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing and biotechnology make Beijing the “primary strategic competitor” to the U.S., the National Counterintelligence and Security Center said in a notice. The threat from the Chinese government with respect to these technologies is particularly threatening to U.S. national security because of its “well-resourced and comprehensive strategy,” which employs “a wide variety of legal, quasi-legal, and illegal methods” in pursuit of both technology transfers and intelligence gathering, the notice warned. AJ Vicens has the details.


Facebook sues Ukrainian man for selling user data

Defendant Alexander Solonchenko is accused of using automated tools to retrieve information belonging to about 178 million users prior to 2019. Solonchenko then sold the data in 2021. Facebook is asking for an injunction preventing Solonchenko from using its products and seeking damages over $75,000. Facebook has sued users who were scraping data for commercial and research purposes before. The 9th Circuit Court ruled in a 2019 LinkedIn case that data scraping is not a violation of federal hacking law. Tonya Riley reports.


Maryland, NSA announce data security partnership

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan announced on Thursday that the state has appointed a senior data analyst from the National Security Agency to assist the state’s data privacy efforts. Under a partnership between Maryland and the NSA, which is headquartered in Fort Meade, Jason Jabers, a longtime data analyst with the agency, will serve as an adviser to Hogan on data policies, practices, standards and security. Jabers will help the state design a “comprehensive data architecture plan” for the state and collaborate with Maryland universities and businesses to improve their cybersecurity posture, Hogan’s office said. Ryan Johnston has more at StateScoop.


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