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A days-long outage at Garmin coincides with a reported ransomware attack from a known group of scammers. The world's largest drone company relies on less than ideal software updates. And New York state charges an insurer over a major breach. This is CyberScoop for Friday, July 24.

Garmin outages continue...

Garmin’s mobile application and services are experiencing outages amid reports that the company is suffering from a ransomware attack. The announcement appears to coincide with a WastedLocker ransomware attack from Evil Corp., a group of Russian cybercriminals, security researchers suggested. Garmin confirmed it was having issues with its app, call center, emails, and phones, but the company didn't return a request for comment on whether its dealing with ransomware. Shannon Vavra is following the news.

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DJI is the next Chinese company to go under the microscope

An Android app that operates DJI drones contains a number of features that enables attackers to target users with malware, or even gain full control of their phone, according to Synacktiv and GRIMM findings. Researchers found that the DJI GO 4 application can force updates on users without routing them through the Google Play Store, subverting security controls in a way that could bork their device. But the app has host of other issues, too, they said. All this comes as the U.S. intelligence community continues to warn that Chinese companies may be required to share data on Americans with Beijing. Shannon has the details.

The more boring the software, the better the espionage opportunity

The FBI issued an alert for the healthcare, chemical and finance sectors warning about "potential targeting" from Beijing. The alert, which CyberScoop obtained, references tax software, required by the Chinese government, which the FBI says has launched a backdoor into client systems, giving spies visibility into American companies. The backdoor “likely” allows cyber actors to “pre-position” in order to conduct remote code execution and exfiltration activities on victim networks, according to the FBI. Shannon Vavra covered suspicious tax software and backdoors earlier this month. That's here.

British sports teams need better defense

One English soccer team almost handed over $1 million to hackers who had disrupted a bid for a new player. Another was hit by a crippling ransomware attack, disabling stadium turnstiles. A report from the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre paints a picture of a sporting sector ill-equipped to deal with its digital vulnerabilities. Of the cyber incidents in the sector documented by the agency that caused financial damaged, the average loss per incident was over $12,000. Sean Lyngaas breaks it down.

New York swings big with charges against insurer

New York State's Department of Financial Services just announced legal action against the First American Title Insurance Company, the second-largest real estate title insurer in the U.S. The company is accused of exposing customers’ Social Security numbers, bank account information, driver’s license numbers and mortgage and tax records through a software vulnerability that went undetected between May 2014 and December 2018. First American says it "strongly disagrees" with the charges. Penalties could total $1,000 for every one of the more than 800 million records that were exposed. Jeff has more.

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