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New research details the methods that unknown hackers use to impersonate banking executives. Ransomware strikes a Taiwanese energy firm. And Facebook takes its first action against a prominent pro-Trump conspiracy. This is CyberScoop for Wednesday, May 6.

Bank scammers update their tools

Hackers behind a series of targeted financial attacks have been updating their malware to better evade detection over the last year, according to new Prevailion research shared with CyberScoop. Since at least February 2019, the hackers, who have begun impersonating CEOs and banks in their lure documents, have introduced at least seven updates to the malicious software known as EVILNUM, including one that creates virtual “dead drop” sites that obscure communications. The newest version of the EVILNUM malware was published just three days ago. Shannon Vavra had it first.

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Taiwan energy giant hit by ransomware

If you were looking for one of Taiwan’s most prized corporate assets to hack, CPC Corp. would be a logical choice. The company is in charge of importing vast quantities of energy to Taiwan and distributes oil products all over the island state. Earlier this week, CPC was hit with ransomware, forcing it to revamp some of its computer systems and servers. An advisory sent to clients by Trend Micro indicates that multiple Taiwanese companies are facing a similar ransomware threat. Sean Lyngaas has the report.

Facebook removes QAnon accounts, among others

Facebook has removed eight networks of inauthentic accounts and groups in the past month, including pages belonging to the pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy, a white supremacist group, and pages tied to the Russian and Iranian governments. In the company’s first action against the QAnon group, Facebook says it removed 20 accounts, six groups and five pages caught fabricating personas to like and comment on their own posts to build engagement. The malicious behavior began before the coronavirus entered the global consciousness, though the groups behind much of the propaganda sought to use the pandemic to attract more followers. As Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook's head of security, put it, "This month has been busy." Jeff Stone has more details.

A Pentagon cyber request prompts a backlash

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) — the new third-party cybersecurity testing program that applies to all Department of Defense contractors — is off to a turbulent start. A recent request for proposals posted by the CMMC accreditation body, the nonprofit that will play an essential role in overseeing the training and certification of assessors, caught many companies and military officials off guard. The seemingly rushed RFP, issued April 22, had a nine-day response window with no corresponding request for information or other publicized market research. Jackson Barnett has more at FedScoop.

DHS's cyber wing expands portfolio

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency plans to start sending agencies regular reports informing them of potential Domain Name System traffic anomalies to improve their defenses. The goal is to flag instances when employees throughout the federal government access sketchy websites, or download malicious data. "In most instances where agencies bypass our protections, the reasons...are well-intentioned,” wrote Bryan Ware, assistant director of CISA, in a blog. “Indeed, we know that in some circumstances, agencies seek to take advantage of protections we don’t offer, or account for cases that are operationally difficult for us to support.” FedScoop's Dave Nyczepir explains.

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