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Phishing attacks against Ukrainians surge again. Russia's government puts critical infrastructure on notice. And the FBI, CISA and Cyber Command issue a warning about an Iran-linked group. This is CyberScoop for February 25.

Wave of phishing attacks hits Ukrainians

Ukraine's CERT is warning of a surge of phishing attacks targeting military personnel and civilians. One campaign is specifically aimed at two Ukrainian email clients, the agency said. Officials are pinning the attack on a Belarusian hacking group that has also been tied to a series of defacements of Ukrainian government websites. Tonya Riley reports.

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Russia warns its own to watch out for cyberattacks

The Russian government issued a notice to critical infrastructure providers that pointed to increased "intensity" of computer attacks coming their way, and said that any "failure" that didn't have an established cause should be considered "the result of a computer attack." The warning came as the U.S. and other countries ratcheted up economic sanctions and other measures against Russia. Reports suggested the U.S. government could be contemplating a range of potential cyber-operations as Russia's invasion unfolds. AJ Vicens has more.

The Iranian cyber-espionage blues

The FBI, CISA, Cyber Command and the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre jointly warned Thursday about cyber-snooping from the Iranian government-linked hacking group known as MuddyWater. It's the second time in as many months the U.S. government has called out the group. Since 2018, the agencies say, the group has been active in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Their targets include the defense, local government, oil and natural gas and telecommunications sectors. Mandiant says it's seen a rise in activity from MuddyWater over approximately the past year. Tim Starks has it covered.

Feds take a hard look at tech supply chain

Open-source software and device firmware are two of the biggest areas of vulnerability in the supply chains for information and communications technology, according to a federal report Thursday. The review by the departments of Commerce and Homeland Security cites the Log4Shell bug at length and refers specifically to firmware's appeal to ransomware attackers. The report calls for better risk management practices and improved monitoring efforts by government and industry. Joe Warminsky explains.


How to improve threat detection in ICS environments

One cybersecurity challenge in industrial control systems (ICS) is the lack of detection and collection capability within most ICS environments. Security leaders can struggle to piece together the complete attack chain in actual ICS incidents because the environments cannot collect the required evidence. A new Dragos report evaluates an end-to-end ICS cyberattack and offers solutions for threat detection capabilities. Read more in the report. 


Improved cyber-hygiene key to reducing attack surface risks

In a dynamic cyber world, keeping up with basic cyber-hygiene practices is critical to defending the enterprise IT environment. That requires IT leaders to have complete visibility of their assets to categorize threats effectively. In a new interview, LookingGlass Chief Product Officer Cody Pierce highlights best practices that help security teams gain visibility into their assets to better understand and reduce exposure to attacks and, in turn, narrow security gaps. Hear more from Pierce. 

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