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The latest in the battle against deepfakes. A favorite site of insurrectionists is gone. And Biden picks more cyber personnel. This is CyberScoop for Monday, Jan. 11, 2020.

Deepfake laws come into focus

A new flurry of state and federal legislation that aims to better understand the creation of doctored video and audio files — and help victims respond — couldn’t have come soon enough, analysts say. The federal laws, passed in the last several weeks, so far tend to focus on research into understanding deepfake technologies, whereas the state-level laws that have been cropping up are more focused on providing recourse to victims. Last week, several Trump supporters proposed on Parler that Trump’s concession speech following the storming of the Capitol may have been a manipulated video. The chatter is only more evidence that the existence of deepfakes — combined with the lack of truly effective screening mechanisms — allows people to doubt truth, or re-affirm their belief in conspiracies. Shannon Vavra breaks it down.

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Parler is gone from the internet

The social media platform Parler had been axed from the Google and Apple app stores in recent days, but its website was still live as of Sunday. That changed overnight as the company's web host, Amazon Web Services, booted Parler for violations of its terms of service. The social media platform was one of the organizing points for participants in the riot Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol. Over the weekend CEO John Matze had defended his company's thin layer of content moderation, saying the intention was to provide for "open dialogue and discussion." Joe Warminsky explains.

Incoming president selects a bunch of key cyber personnel

The Biden administration spent the past week filling out some of its cybersecurity gigs, primarily in the White House. Caitlin Durkovich will serve as the National Security Council's senior director for resilience and response, while Andrea Kendall-Taylor will work as senior director for Russian and Central Asia. Anne Neuberger is also expected to take a new NSC cybersecurity position. David Recordon will be director of technology in the Office of Management and Administration, with Austin Lin his deputy. And Lisa Monaco is President-elect Joe Biden's nominee for deputy attorney general. Tim Starks has the rundown.

Russian hacker gets 12 years for Wall Street heist

One of the biggest criminal hacking cases ever to hit Wall Street has seen one of the main suspects, 37-year-old Andrei Tyurin, sentenced to 12 years in prison for helping steal data on some 100 million people. The brazen hacking scheme infiltrated JP Morgan Chase, Etrade and other household names on Wall Street. The saga isn't over: The alleged mastermind of the scheme, an Israeli man named Gery Shalon, has yet to be prosecuted. Sean Lyngaas has the story.

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