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A different response for the 2022 version of Industroyer. More commitment from the Air Force for networked weaponry in the sky. And Colorado has a successor to a long-running CISO. This is CyberScoop for April 13.

Sandworm goes after Ukrainian electrical grid, again

The Ukrainian government said Tuesday it thwarted an attempt by Sandworm, the infamous Russian hacking group, to shut off portions of a regional power grid on April 8. Sandworm previously attacked and briefly shut off some electrical stations in Ukraine in 2016 using malware researchers later dubbed Industroyer. This time the group used an updated version that Slovakia-based cybersecurity researchers at ESET dubbed Industroyer2. The Ukrainian government claims no power substations were cut off during the attack, but MIT Technology Review reported Tuesday that the Ukraine Computer Emergency Response Team had initially privately told its partners that nine stations were temporarily cut off, a claim a top Ukrainian cybersecurity official vehemently disputed. AJ Vicens reports.

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Skyborg and Golden Horde get more attention from Air Force

As the U.S. Air Force continues to pursue cost-effective ways to match up against adversaries like China, it’s seeking to pump more money into research on autonomous drones and networked weapon systems. It’s all about addressing potential gaps in the force as legacy aircraft are retired and new manned planes only get more expensive, officials say. The names of the two primary projects — Skyborg and Golden Horde — say a lot about what the Air Force wants to achieve. Officials want $100 million for R&D for those programs and others in fiscal 2023. Jon Harper has more at FedScoop.

New CISO for Colorado state government

As Colorado’s chief information security officer, Deborah Blyth had an eventful seven years, including the first instance of a state government declaring an emergency over a cyberattack, for a ransomware incident in 2018. Blyth has moved on to cybersecurity company CrowdStrike. Her replacement, Ray Yepes, comes to Colorado from a position as CISO of the Texas state Department of Family and Protective Services. “Colorado is ahead of the game,” given the strides it already has made on cybersecurity, Yepes said. Benjamin Freed reports at StateScoop.

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