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In case you needed a reminder about the threat of credential stuffing, New York's attorney general has one. The FTC has consumers in mind, in a new Log4j warning. And Kazakhstan has a self-inflicted "nation-scale" internet outage. This is CyberScoop for January 5.

NY's AG on the broad reach of credential stuffing

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced the results of a months-long investigation into credential stuffing attacks, reporting Wednesday that her office found that more than 1.1 million stolen username and password combinations had been aimed at 17 different major online businesses. Credential stuffing — where attackers try a high volume of login combinations, hoping a few might work — is typically an avenue for stealing data or making fraudulent purchases. The cybercrime tactic costs businesses millions of dollars annually, and can expose a website's customers not just to theft, but also targeted phishing attacks. AJ Vicens reports.

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FTC takes on Log4j

The Federal Trade Commission is warning companies that if they fail to take action to remedy a major recent vulnerability in open-source software tool Log4j, there could be legal repercussions. The FTC plans to apply its legal authority to protect consumers in the cases of “similar known vulnerabilities in the future,” the notice adds. The agency pointed companies to guidance from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which has issued a series of alerts and advisories on how to patch. Tonya Riley and Tim Starks have the details.

A big internet blackout in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan’s largest telecommunications company shut off internet access throughout the country on Wednesday afternoon, reports The New York Times, as demonstrations continued over surging gas prices. Internet disruption tracker NetBlocks described the internet outage as “nation-scale.” Kazakhstan’s government also blocked social networking sites and chat apps including Facebook, WhatsApp, Telegram and WeChat. President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced Wednesday that he was dismissing the prime minister and the entire cabinet, while imposing a two-week state of emergency. Those measures failed to appease demonstrators, the Times says. Read more.

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