Weekly Security Sprint EP 32. National Preparedness Month, Burning Man, Insider Threat Awareness, Ransomware and more!

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In this week’s Security Sprint, Dave and Andy talk about the topics below. For more of these and other security updates, subscribe to our free daily report, delivered directly to your inbox, the Gate 15 SUN. To subscribe, please email [email protected].

Main Topics

Burning Man

Alphabet months begins!

Back to School Scams & Sextortion


Quick Hits.

  • Dave Weatherman ReportCISA on disaster scams.
  • White House Advisory Group: Water Sector Needs Cybersecurity National Standard. A new article looks at the report and quotes Gate 15’s Jennifer Lyn Walker. “I agree that a specialized workforce is needed,” said Jennifer Lyn Walker, director of Cyber Defense for Gate 15, and director of Infrastructure Cyber Defense for WaterISAC. “The large (better resourced) utilities are more inclined to have specialized staff, although some may not offer truly competitive wages. I believe many (if not most) of the small utilities (less resourced) aren’t even considering specialized staff, let alone the ability to afford them.” PDF report.
  • U.S. and International Partners Release Report on Russian Cyber Actors Using “Infamous Chisel” Malware; Joint report provides technical analysis of malware targeting Android devices used by Ukrainian military. The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), National Security Agency (NSA), and agencies in AustraliaCanadaUnited Kingdom, and New Zealand today published a joint report on a malware campaign conducted by Russian cyber actors against the Ukrainian military. The malware analysis report provides technical details of a new kind of malware used to target Android devices in use by Ukrainian military personnel. The malware, called Infamous Chisel, enables unauthorized access to compromised devices and is designed to scan files, monitor traffic, and periodically steal sensitive information. The campaign was publicly uncovered by Ukraine’s security agency, the SBUUK and allies support Ukraine calling out Russia’s GRU for new malware campaign.
  • Andy gets on the soapbox and opines on bias in analysis.

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