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05/06/2022
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A hosting company is resisting Australian police who want a hacking group's website taken down. State chief information officers are waiting on CISA. And U.S. Cyber Command is taking things "Under Advisement." This is CyberScoop for Friday May 6.

Australian police try to force hack-and-leak website offline, but fail

An investigator with the Australian Federal Police this week asked an Icelandic hosting company to pull down a website hosing apparently hacked-and-leaked emails. The company said no. The emails, belonging to the Nauru Police Force, were hacked by a group calling itself ACAB in response to the island's handling of those seeking asylum and refugee status in Australia. The Pacific island nation hosts a facility used for offshore processing of migrant claims, and the system is reportedly rife with horrific treatment of migrants. The emails may play a role in the upcoming Australian general election. AJ Vicens explains.


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CIOs plan for cyber grants, wait for CISA's guidance

It’s been nearly six months since President Joe Biden signed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure law, stuffed with new funding for roadways, transit, ports, broadband and, of particular importance to state IT leaders, a bit of money for cybersecurity improvements. But even as some of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act’s programs have started flowing — like a $1.5 billion round for regional transportation projects —  state officials are still waiting for clarity on how the cyber grants will work, anticipating the moment when the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency will finally publish its guidance on the $1 billion, four-year program. Over the past few months, CISA has revised its timeline on the cyber grant guidance when meeting with groups representing state and local leaders, all of whom want to know how they’ll have to apply for the funds, redistribute the bulk to their local subdivisions and report their progress. Benjamin Freed runs it down at StateScoop.


Cyber Command creates forum with industry to share threat information

U.S. Cyber Command has created a collaborative program with the private sector to share insights and information about critical cyber threats in an effort to further bolster national cybersecurity. The program, dubbed “Under Advisement,” involves members of the command’s elite Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF) — which is responsible for tracking and disrupting specific nation-state adversaries — sitting in chat rooms and disclosing threats with the cybersecurity sector, officials have said. These military personnel use their real names for the sake of transparency and actually talk to members of the private sector. “They are technical experts that can actually talk to people. They sit in private chats, elite invite-only industry forums, all in full name and with full transparent attribution,” Maj. Gen. William Hartman, commander of the CNMF, said Wednesday during a speech at the Vanderbilt University Summit on Modern Conflict and Emerging Threats. FedScoop's Mark Pomerleau has the story.


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