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06/01/2022
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The director of the FBI reveals its role in halting a cyberattack on a children's hospital. A study faults Bing and Google over Chinese state media. And an Oregon city's $1.4 million loss. This is CyberScoop for June 1.

FBI says it stopped Iranians from attacking a major children’s hospital last summer

The FBI managed to detect and mitigate an attack by Iranian state-sponsored hackers against Boston’s Children’s Hospital last summer, FBI Director Christopher Wray revealed at the Boston Conference on Cyber Security Wednesday. Wray called the incident one of the “most despicable cyber attacks” he’s seen. In the same speech, Wray warned that China may be taking lessons from Russia’s cyberattacks in Ukraine to plan aggressions against Taiwan. Tonya Riley has more.


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Chinese propaganda found in high percentage of Google, Bing news searches

Chinese state-backed news ranked in the top ten search results for 88% of Google and Bing news searches, a recent Brookings Institution and German Marshall Fund study showed.  State media penetrated YouTube even more often with 98% of searches yielding propganda from the Chinese government. The study examined 120 days worth of search results for COVID-19 and Xinjiang, the region where the Uyghur ethnic minority resides. The U.S. State Department has called China's treatment of the Uyghurs genocide and the Chinese government has long sought to control news relating to the topic. The Chinese propaganda related to the coronavirus blamed the U.S. for the pandemic, suggesting that activities at Fort Detrick — a military base which hosted the American biological weapons program until 1969 — caused the crisis. Suzanne Smalley reports.


Email breach costs Portland, Ore., $1.4 million

Officials in Portland, Oregon, said last week that the city recently lost $1.4 million to fraudulent activity when a malicious actor gained access to a government email account. The city’s Office of Management and Finance said Friday that the “fraudulent financial transaction” occurred in late April, but was only detected May 17 when the same account attempted another transfer of funds. While officials have said little else about the incident, they said it appears to stem from an email scam. “Preliminary evidence indicates that an unauthorized, outside entity gained access to a City of Portland email account to conduct this illegal activity,” a press release reads. The city said the incident is under investigation by the FBI, U.S. Secret Service and the Portland Police Bureau. Read the rest of the story from Benjamin Freed at StateScoop.


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