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A Russian hacking group makes an unwelcome return. Government information security officials are preparing for coronavirus' ripple effect. And a threat detection provider raises another $60 million. This is CyberScoop for Thursday, March 12.

Moscow’s L33T team appears to be spying on Armenian government officials

Turla, a hacking group believed to be working on behalf of Russia’s FSB intelligence agency, has intrigued and bedeviled researchers for more than a decade. Their latest move is another sign of how selective they are in their targets. Anti-virus firm ESET found the hackers snooping on just a handful of visitors to Armenian websites, including that of Armenia’s embassy in Moscow. When subtlety rather than brute force is required, Moscow calls on Turla. Sean Lyngaas has the report.

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Coronavirus means tougher data protections for government CIOs

Last week, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers resurfaced a 2007 document outlining the steps CIOs should take during a mass outbreak of influenza or other contagious disease. Much of the guidance is timeless: plan for an expanded number of employees working remotely, prioritize access for critical government workers such as health officials and create contingency plans in case personnel fall ill. But technology has greatly evolved over the last 13 years, and so have the roles that CIOs play in statewide administration, disaster planning and emergency response, NASCIO Executive Director Doug Robinson said. “CIOs have become the business leaders of government IT instead of just the plumbers,” he said. StateScoop broke it down.

Trump administration makes a move on cyber jobs program

Ten short-term job descriptions have been posted to USAJobs.gov as opportunities for federal employees who’ve completed the Federal Cybersecurity Reskilling Academy. So far, there are roles listed at the Department of Homeland Security, Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Veterans Affairs. Some of the listings are looking for multiple people to hire on an ongoing basis between 24 and 40 hours a week. The effort, led by the offices of Management and Budget and Personnel Management, comes as participants in the first reskilling cohorts have struggled to find work. Though they’ve received training for critical, but under-filled, cybersecurity jobs, they often don’t meet the basic requirements of the job listings, such as a traditional college degree. Billy Mitchell has more at FedScoop.

Threat detection service picks up more funding

Security vendor Arctic Wolf, which provides managed threat detection services, announced Wednesday it has raised another $60 million, bringing its total funding to $151.2 million. The company advertises security operations centers as-a-service, meaning they help customer detect threats, then investigate any anomalies. It's one of a number of services meant to help track down real security issues through a wave of innocuous alerts. Venture firms Stereo Capital and Blue Cloud Ventures led the round. Next, Arctic Wolf says it plans to expand to new markets. We've covered them before.

'Living off the land'

CyberInt's Daniela Perlmutter talks with CyberScoop Editor-in-Chief Greg Otto about a hacker group that has been using tools it finds freely on the internet, utilizing them in in a practice known as “living off the land.” Watch here.

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