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January 27, 2021

Ransomware hackers launder bitcoin through just a handful of locations, researchers find

A relatively small number of groups seem to dominate the cybercrime market, offering their malware on a rental basis, while taking a chunk of profits and using money laundering to cover their tracks.

Michael Sulmeyer, who held cyber posts under Trump and Obama, gets Biden White House gig

Michael Sulmeyer, a senior adviser to National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command leader Gen. Paul Nakasone, will take the position of senior director for cyber in the Biden White House.

FBI aims for stronger cyber strategy as US grapples with SolarWinds fallout

While dealing with a massive cyber-espionage campaign against the U.S. government, the FBI is trying to quietly implement a new strategy aimed at better tracking foreign hackers.

CISA tells agencies to consider ad blockers to fend off 'malvertising'

The U.S. CISA urged federal agencies on Thursday to deploy ad-blocking software and standardize web browser usage across their workforces in order to fend off advertisements implanted with malware.

Iranian venture firm investing in cyber tech is subject of US sanctions

Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control identified the firm, Barkat Ventures, as an arm of an organization that the supreme leader of Iran controls called EIKO, short for Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order.

More federal victims of SolarWinds hacking likely to come forward, CISA chief says

The number of U.S. federal agencies confirmed to have been breached in a suspected Russian espionage campaign will likely increase as the investigation continues, the head of the CISA said.

SolarWinds details stealthy code used to launch hacking campaign

The code was designed to inject another piece of custom malicious software into Orion, the SolarWinds software used by numerous Fortune 500 companies and federal agencies.

The anatomy of a modern day ransomware conglomerate

Egregor, in recent months, appears to have hacked more than 130 targets, including schools, manufacturing firms, logistics companies, and financial institutions, according to security firm Sophos.

Ticketmaster pays $10M fine to settle charges of using stolen passwords to spy on rival company

One of the biggest brands in the music and events business, Ticketmaster, has agreed to pay a $10 million fine for “computer intrusion and fraud offenses” after employees used stolen credentials to spy on a competitor.

Travel-booking company Sabre Corp. settles with 27 states over breach of credit card data

Sabre Corp. will make a $2.4 million payout and shore up its cybersecurity policies under an agreement with 27 state attorneys general who investigated a breach of its hotel-booking technology.

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