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The annual IC3 report has at least one stunning number. The DOJ indicts a Russian in a cybercrime market case. And Okta has a note for its federal customers. This is CyberScoop for March 23.

FBI says cybercrime complaint losses leaped 64% in 2020

The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received nearly 850,000 reports from cybercrime victims in 2021, with estimated losses totaling $6.9 billion. That total is a 64% increase from 2020, even though the total number of complaints only rose 7%, pointing to the increased costliness of attacks that the IC3 did receive reports about. Business email compromise led the pack as the costliest crime, tallying $2.4 billion in adjusted losses. The most common kind of complaint was about phishing and related forms of attack. Tim Starks has the info.

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Russian accused of running ‘Marketplace A’ cybercrime site

Igor Dekhtyarchuk, 23, has been indicted by a U.S. grand jury and added to the FBI’s Cyber Most Wanted List for allegedly running Marketplace A, a cybercrime forum where users bought and sold stolen data, including logins for websites and credit card information. The Russian man is charged charged with wire fraud, access device fraud and aggravated identity theft. The feds say they don’t know Dekhtyarchuk’s whereabouts, but he was last seen in his home country. It’s the latest in a string of U.S. cases against suspected foreign cybercriminals. Joe Warminsky has the details.

Okta addresses federal customers

A potential data breach detected in early January by Okta has had “no impact” on customers who use its FedRAMP-approved services, according to the identity authentication technology company. FedRAMP is the U.S. government’s certification process for cloud products offered by contractors. Several federal agencies are customers of the identity authentication company. Okta leaders issued multiple statements Tuesday after the cybercrime group Lapsus$ posted screenshots of the January incident. John Hewitt Jones has more at FedScoop.

State, local officials generally confident in cyberdefenses, survey says

About 80% of state and local government officials believe their organizations have the ability to fend off cyberattacks like ransomware, denial-of-service and data destruction, according to a survey released Tuesday. But more than half said their agencies lack incident response plans for dealing with ransomware — despite the fact that a vast majority believe the threat is unlikely to recede any time soon. Palo Alto Networks talked to about 200 officials for the survey. StateScoop's Benjamin Freed reports.

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