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06/03/2022
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Senators want more from the FDA on cybersecurity. Experts are liking State's next prospective cyber leader. And Lebanon-based hackers are making moves. This is CyberScoop for June 3.

Senators want to give the FDA a new ETA on medical device cybersecurity

Sens. Jacky Rosen, D-Nev., and Todd Young, R-Ind., are introducing legislation that would require the Food and Drug Administration to work with the CISA to issue binding guidance for industry and FDA staff regarding medical device cybersecurity no less than every two years. The bill also requires FDA to regularly update its website to share cybersecurity vulnerabilities and access to support for health care professionals and industry. Agency leadership told Congress in April said it needs more money and authorities to keep up with evolving medical device threats. Tonya Riley has it first.


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Incoming State cyber ambassador Nate Fick is a well-liked insider

Nate Fick, the choice to be ambassador-at-large for the State Department's new Cybersecurity and Digital Policy Bureau, is a well-connected Washington insider with ties not only to President Biden but across the executive branch. Friends and colleagues say Fick's network of valuable relationships stem from his four years running the Center for a New American Security think tank as well as his role on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations. National Cyber Director Chris Inglis told CyberScoop that Fick has "shown himself to be a very good leader, both in the military and in the private sector." Suzanne Smalley has more.


New hacking group joins the Iran/Israel fray, Microsoft says

A previously unreported hacking group based in Lebanon has been targeting a range of Israeli entities over the last few months, Microsoft reported Thursday. The group, which Microsoft dubbed Polonium, is thought to be working in coordination with "multiple" Iranian hacking campaigns and the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security, the researchers said. An Israeli cybersecurity researcher told CyberScoop the group is perhaps associated with Hezbollah, the Lebanese political party and militant group designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government in 1997. AJ Vicens lays it out.


Cybersecurity officials warn about prolific extortion group

CISA, the FBI and The Treasury Department issued a detailed warning about the Karakurt extortion group Wednesday, pointing to technical indicators of the group's work and advice for protecting data. Karakurt — which takes its name from a type of spider — is a group known for pure cyber extortion that sometimes accompanies or runs in parallel to ransomware attacks. Karakurt's approach is to gain access to victim networks, steal files and threaten to publish or sell them. Unsaid in the warning is that Karakurt is likely a spinoff group of the notorious Conti ransomware gang, which is likely winding down operations, experts say. AJ explains.


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