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CISA, Treasury, FBI Issue Advisory on North Korea’s Cryptocurrency Malware ‘AppleJeus’

Cryptocurrency Malware

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Department of the Treasury (DOT) and the FBI have released a joint advisory about the AppleJeus malware and other indicators of compromise that North Korea-backed threat actors use to perform cryptocurrency theft. The joint advisory released Wednesday provides technical details about seven versions of AppleJeus malware that Hidden Cobra actors have been using since 2018. 

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NNSA-FBI Team Hosts Virtual Workshop on Radiological Threats; Jay Tilden Quoted

Radiological Threats

The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the FBI held a virtual training activity to raise awareness on nuclear and radiological threats to local and state public safety personnel. The workshop covered the basic characteristics of radiation, danger levels as well as approaches on protecting the community from associated security risks.

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Interagency Cyber Group Releases Document to Educate Public on Ransomware

Ransomware Threats

The National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force (NCIJTF), a partnership between multiple security and intelligence agencies, has published a new fact sheet made to educate the masses on ransomware threats. Subject matter experts from across more than 15 government agencies contributed their input to develop the fact sheet under NCIJTF. 

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Ankura Names Ted Theisen Senior Managing Director, Cyber Practice

Ankura

Ankura has appointed Ted Theisen as a senior managing director of the company’s Cyber Practice. He brings more than two decades of experience to Ankura, across both the private and public sectors. Throughout his career, Theisen has worked to design and modernize information security programs and systems. 

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Report: Suspected Chinese Hackers Targeted U.S. Payroll Agency Via Separate Bug in SolarWinds Orion Code

Cyber Attack

A group of suspected Chinese hackers used a vulnerability in SolarWinds software to breach U.S. government networks and a payroll agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) - National Finance Center (NFC) - was one of the government organizations affected by the cyber attack. The NFC oversees the payroll of several federal agencies, including the FBI and the departments of the Treasury, State and Homeland Security, according to former officials. 

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USPS Expands Digital Fingerprinting Service; Shane Powers Quoted

Digital

The U.S. Postal Service will expand its digital fingerprinting service for more than 400 post offices by the end of 2021. USPS entered into an agreement with  IDEMIA to integrate its biometric capture and in-person proofing services. “We’ll be able to scale at whatever pace they want to once the initial solution is delivered,” Shane Powers, vice president of operations at IDEMIA National Security Solutions.

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NCSC’s William Evanina: U.S. Needs Supply Chain Security Program Based on Zero-Trust

William Evanina

William Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC), has said the federal government must develop a supply-chain risk mitigation program based on the zero-trust concept. “We have to have in the government, the ability to utilize private-sector talent capability and know-how to protect our nation and our entire society,” he noted.

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FBI Moves to Implement New Cyber Strategy to Deter Foreign Hackers; Tonya Ugoretz Quoted

Insider Threat

The FBI has started implementing a new cyber strategy to increase efforts to disrupt actions of foreign hackers amid cyber attacks against SolarWinds software used by a number of U.S. government agencies. The approach would promote closer collaboration between data-rich private companies and intelligence agencies to saddle U.S. digital adversaries with heavier penalties to discourage them from targeting U.S. assets.

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NSA Releases Report on 2020 Cybersecurity Initiatives; Anne Neuberger Quoted

Anne Neuberger

The National Security Agency (NSA) has issued its 2020 Cybersecurity Report that details progress on the agency's initiatives focused on integrating threat intelligence, cryptographic knowledge, vulnerability analysis, defensive operations and technical expertise. According to the report, NSA was able to help the Department of Defense (DoD) modernize encryption procedures and mitigate attacks resulting from quantum systems and “adversarial computational advances”.

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