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The FBI continues to notify the health care sector that hackers have it in their sights. One of the most prolific banking trojans in history has a new form. And Nigerian scammers are having a field day with state unemployment systems. (Editor's Note: There will be no newsletter on Monday; we will be back on Tuesday. Enjoy the long weekend.) This is CyberScoop for Friday, May 22.

FBI sheds new light on health care hacking

The FBI this week shared new details uncovered from investigations into state-backed and criminal hacking of health care companies. Those hackers continue to target U.S. clinical trial data, trade secrets, and the “sensitive data and proprietary research of U.S. universities and research facilities,” the bureau said in an advisory obtained by CyberScoop. The memo listed multiple examples since February of state-linked hackers trying to breach health care and research organizations. For U.S. health care companies, it’s no time to sleep on security. Sean Lyngaas has the story.

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Zeus' reign continues

A prolific phishing campaign in recent months — 700,000 emails, targets on multiple continents — is derived from the infamous Zeus malware that U.S. law enforcement has tried to smother. The malware, an update to code called ZLoader, is designed to swipe customer login information at certain banks, Proofpoint said this week. Like just about every hacker in the world right now, the crooks are preying on coronavirus fears. Zeus has robbed people of well over $100 million over the years. ZLoader’s sponsors can only dream of that kind of cash. Sean has more.

More like scam-demic

One indirect consequence of the pandemic has been made clear over the past month: Scammers are out in full force, and the good guys are having a tough time defending themselves. The latest example comes from Washington, where the state's department in charge of unemployment payments said it was the victim of a scam that lost "hundreds of millions of dollars." The scam looks to be the work of Scattered Canary, a cybercrime crew out of Nigeria. Last week, the U.S. Secret Service issued an alert about the crew, saying it had also targeted systems in North Carolina, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Oklahoma, Wyoming and Florida. The Seattle Times has more.

Click to your heart's content

Security awareness training, in the form of phishing emails, is generally frowned upon. Whether you have been responsible for administering it, taking it, and/or failing at it, the practice generally elicits an eye roll. What if it didn’t have to be that way? CyberScoop Editor-in-Chief Greg Otto talks with Votiro CEO Aviv Grafi on the way he is making email content safe to click on — no matter what. Listen here.


As IoT and IT converge, so must enterprise risk assessments

The world of internet-connected devices is opening up new possibilities for organizations to interact with sensors and gather data. However, it’s also expanding the attack surface for threat actors. For IT executives in the private and public sectors, the driving concern is how to assess and manage those risks as agencies converge IoT with traditional IT environments, say cybersecurity leaders. Listen to the discussion.

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