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Attackers attempted to pilfer the credentials of election officials, the feds say. An NFT-heavy video game suffered a big heist. And a top FBI cyber official discussed Russia and more at a House hearing. This is CyberScoop for March 30.

Election workers in nine states hit with phishing campaign, FBI says

Election officials in nine states, along with employees at the National Association of Secretaries of State, were hit with a series of invoice-themed phishing emails in October 2021, the FBI said Tuesday in a notice. It's not clear whether any of the phishing attempts were successful, and the notice did not specifically attribute the phishing campaign. If a target clicked through they would have been redirected to credential-stealing websites, the FBI said. AJ Vicens has the details.

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Hackers steal $600 million from Ronin blockchain

In one of the largest crypto heists in history, hackers stole $600 million from the Ronin blockchain, which is used to play Axie Infinity, a game reminiscent of Pokémon. Ronin has become popular in part because it offers users 20 free transactions. A newsletter on the Ronin Network Substack page said the attacker used hacked private keys to break into the Ronin and third-party Axie DAO validator nodes and make phony withdrawals. Suzanne Smalley has the story.

FBI talks Russia, encryption

The House Judiciary Committee grilled a top official from the FBI cybersecurity’s division Tuesday about Russia and about how it balances taking down hackers with working with victims. While Republican grandstanding took up much of the hearing, lawmakers also got a timely look at the FBI’s view of a new data privacy law in Europe that is worrying encryption experts. Assistant Director Bryan Vorndran agreed with some security experts that the operability requirements in the European Union’s new data interoperability rule could potentially create vulnerabilities that undermine encryption. Tonya Riley breaks it down.

N.Y. CIO: State blocked ‘uptick’ in Russian traffic

New York’s top tech official said Tuesday the state is responding to “a recent uptick in traffic attempting to connect to our network with IP addresses originating in Russia.” “We are seeing phishing, credential harvesting, malware, ransomware, web application attacks, software and hardware vulnerability exploits and so much more,” CIO Angelo Riddick said Tuesday during a StateScoop event. “We start by taking every threat seriously and communicating in real time to all those who need to know or need to share. This is our new normal.” Colin Wood has more at StateScoop.

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