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The nation's first comprehensive privacy legislation moves forward, but still faces resistance. Hackers go after a Ukrainian software company. And the FBI brought a delegation of Ukrainian cyber officials to the states for training. This is CyberScoop for July 21.

Privacy legislation passes through to House floor vote

The American Data Privacy Protection Act could see a full floor vote as early as next week, advancing what would become the nation’s first comprehensive privacy law. But some lawmakers and experts are worried the bill doesn't go far enough to address data brokers, a major threat to consumer privacy. Such "loopholes" could make it easy for law enforcement to go after reproductive health data, Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., said at the markup. The bill is likely to face more resistance on the floor, and even if it does pass through to the Senate it faces opposition from Senate Commerce chair Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., who says the bill is weak on private right of action. Tonya Riley has it.

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Ukrainian software company targeted with backdoor malware

Attackers targeted a large, unnamed software development company in Ukraine that services various state entities with a “fairly uncommon” piece of malware known as "GoMet" in recent weeks, researchers with Cisco Talos said Thursday. Despite the fact that the Talos researchers found no indication that the attackers successfully exploited the tool, "we cannot ignore the possibility that a supply chain-style attack might have been this campaign’s end goal,” the researchers said. AJ Vicens reports.

FBI flew cyber officials from Ukraine to U.S. for training, Ukrainian official says

The FBI brought a delegation of cybersecurity officials from five different Ukrainian government agencies to New York for a bureau-hosted conference and a series of meetings with American officials in Washington next week, according to Victor Zhora, the deputy head of Ukraine’s State Special Communications Service. The trip shines a light on the growing level of cooperation between Ukrainian and U.S. officials when it comes to confronting the cybersecurity threat from Moscow. To be sure, it is not unusual for allies to visit officials in Washington, but it is significant for cyber officials from a country at war to visit U.S. law enforcement and Cabinet agencies to receive training. Suzanne Smalley reports from New York.

New and familiar threats loom over midterms, election officials tell Congress

Many of the cybersecurity, disinformation and resource challenges that election administrators have long faced are as present as ever in 2022, a panel of election officials told the House Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday. Added in this year is a steady clip of insider threats posed by actors inside government, as well as a rising tide of explicit threats of violence made against officials and their families. Cybersecurity measures, staffing challenges, financial resources and stronger relationships with law enforcement were all tossed about during the nearly three-hour hearing, with many speakers noting the strain the threat landscape has placed on election administrators nationwide. Benjamin Freed has the story in FedScoop.

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