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10/26/2021
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Tom Burt, a key executive at Microsoft, explains why the latest Cozy Bear campaign is so different than the SolarWinds breach. TikTok reacts to Senate concerns. And Iranians can't fuel their cars, with the government blaming hackers. This is CyberScoop for October 26, 2021.

SolarWinds hackers try different angle

The Russian spies responsible for the SolarWinds hack went after some different supply chain targets with a similar endgame, Microsoft's Tom Burt told CyberScoop. "This is broader in the sense that they’re going after many different companies, like multiple different SolarWinds, but these companies are all these resellers, and that gives Nobelium potential access to all of those resellers’ customers," said Burt, the company's corporate vice president for customer security and trust. This time, though, the hackers got caught earlier in the process, he said. Tim Starks has the interview.


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TikTok pulls out of US cyber recruiting competition

Amid criticism from two Republican members of the U.S. Senate, the social media company TikTok said Monday it has withdrawn its sponsorship of the inaugural U.S. Cyber Games, a federally backed competition to discover cybersecurity talent among young adults. The decision came after Sens. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and Tom Cotton of Arkansas issued a statement last Thursday aiming at the Biden administration and the National Institutes of Standards and Technology, which backs the Cyber Games, for its partnership with TikTok, which is owned by the Chinese tech firm ByteDance. Benjamin Freed has more at EdScoop.


Iranian state media blames hack for apparent fuel shortage

Iranian officials say a cyberattack has forced the temporary closure of a government system that manages fuel subsidies, rendering it difficult for many citizens to refuel their cars. While specific details of the incident remain unclear, Iranian state broadcasters cited an unnamed government official who said malicious cyber activity was responsible for the outages. Oil Ministry officials conducted an “emergency meeting” to resolve the issue, while Associated Press journalists observed long lines of motorists dealing with gas shortages at fuel stations in Tehran. The incident bears numerous similarities to an intrusion at Iranian rail systems in July. Keep an eye on this one.


House passes bill to address software supply chain risk at DHS

The House passed a bill that would require the Department of Homeland Security to establish a process for identifying materials used in software to mitigate future supply chain cyberattacks. A software bill of materials lists the origins of every component, and the DHS under secretary for management would be expected to require them of all contractors furnishing software to the department. The bill passed 412-2 by roll call vote, as lawmakers attempt to push DHS to modernize its software acquisition process in the wake of the SolarWinds supply-chain attack that manipulated third party components to compromise the department and eight others. FedScoop's Dave Nyczepir looks closer.


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