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Business email compromise scams don't only come from Nigeria and China. A former U.S. spy admits collecting top secret data. And Recorded Future invests in Gemini Advisory. This is CyberScoop for Tuesday, July 7.

Just when email scams couldn't get more pernicious...

An emerging group of scammers masquerading as legitimate business executives is behind more than 200 email-based attacks that aim to swindle hundreds of thousands of dollars from companies, according to new findings. Dubbed “Cosmic Lynx” in research published by the email security firm Agari, the group has targeted individuals in 46 countries since July 2019, often victimizing senior leaders in Fortune 500 or Global 2000 firms. It’s the latest in a long line of business email compromise (BEC) gangs, which impersonate trusted associates to request wire transfers or other payments. Agari described it as the first-ever Russian crime ring of this kind. Jeff Stone explains.

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Magecart scammers on another big run

A collective of financial scammers known as the "Keeper" group has infected 570 e-commerce sites to steal some 184,000 payment cards, according to new research from Gemini Advisory. It's the latest in a long line of so-called Magecart hacks, where thieves insert malicious code onto third-party software then jump into e-commerce sites' payment pages. Victims range from a U.S. liquor seller to a jewelry store in India. Meanwhile, Gemini also said it's taken an investment from Recorded Future, a larger threat intelligence shop. Jeff has more.

L.A. officials signal their discomfort

Officials at the Los Angeles Department of Transportation appear to have used an encrypted messaging service to discuss a vehicle-tracking program that some civil liberties groups say could be used to identify individual drivers. Department employees spoke with technology consultants using Signal, an encrypted messaging app that, among other features, allows users to delete messages automatically. The officials reportedly used the app to discuss a controversial program that allows cities, including Los Angeles, to collect trip data from dock-less bikes, scooters, moped scooters and ride-hailing vehicles in near real time. Ryan Johnston broke it down at StateScoop.

Cops investigating a kidnapping found top secret documents, too

A West Virginia woman admitted this week to willfully retaining Top Secret/Secret Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) documents from the National Security Agency, the Department of Justice announced. The documents, which outlined intelligence on a foreign government’s political and military issues, were found amid an effort to locate the woman and her six-year-old daughter, whom she is charged with kidnapping. Elizabeth Jo Shirley, 47, previously served in the Air Force with assignments at the NSA, and other work at the Departments of Defense and Energy, the Navy’s Office of Naval Intelligence, the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, and multiple defense contractors, according to the DOJ. Read the details here.

A Secret Service warning

The Secret Service recently warned the private sector and the government that it has observed an increase in cyber-related attacks involving Managed Service Providers (MSPs). Cybercriminals are going after MSPs to run point-of-sale intrusions, business email compromise, and ransomware attacks, according to the June 12 alert. It's an evolution of a kind of hacking that accelerated last year when ransomware groups started looking for new ways to rip off web users. ZDNet had the story.

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