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Those fake text messages that we all get — and we all hate — have become a serious problem. Biden signs a law meant to increase the development of national security tech. And a new cybersecurity training facility comes to Maryland. This is CyberScoop for Aug. 10.

Why robotexts are scammers' favorite new tool

So far in 2022, the Federal Communications Commission has received more than 8,500 complaints about “unwanted text messages,” according to a consumer alert released last month. That number is on track to surpass the number of complaints in 2021, which included 15,300 messages. But according to industry data, the number is likely just a small sliver of the problem. Spam-blocking app RoboKiller estimated that consumers received more than 12 billion robotexts in June alone. Like robocalls, robotexts aren’t just a nuisance — they’re a powerful tool for scammers. In fact, experts say that in some ways scam text messages can be even more dangerous than robocalls. With one click, a victim could be tricked into providing information used to hack into their bank account or work email. Tonya Riley reports.

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Biden signs CHIPS and Science Act to spur US national security innovation

President Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act into law on Tuesday, authorizing new policies and billions in funding to advance research and development and help fortify American technology manufacturing and supply chains. Semiconductors, or chips, help power weapon systems, computers, phones, appliances, automobiles, and many other modern technologies. Though they were first invented in America, the nation now produces only about 10% of the world’s supply of chips — and none of the most sophisticated variants. The CHIPS and Science Act marks the U.S. government’s ambitious plan to change that. Brandi Vincent covers it in FedScoop.

Maryland helps fund SANS cyber training center

The cybersecurity certification firm SANS Institute on Tuesday announced it has opened a new training academy in Maryland with support from the state government. The center, which aims to augment a cybersecurity sector that has thousands of unfilled positions in the U.S., will allow Maryland residents with or without cybersecurity expertise to gain new certifications within months. Funded in part by EARN Maryland, a state Labor Department workforce program, the program is prioritizing enrollment for military veterans, women, unemployed people and racial minorities, according to the announcement. Colin Wood reports for StateScoop.

Federal CIO Council working group addressing zero trust funding

The Interagency Zero Trust Leadership Steering Group is working to understand funding challenges that federal agency IT departments face as they implement zero-trust security architectures, according to Sean Connelly. Speaking at the ATARC Zero Trust Summit on Tuesday, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s senior cyber architect said the group — chartered under the Federal Chief Information Officer (CIO) Council — meets about once a month to discuss how agencies are moving forward in spite of tight budgets. Dave Nyczepir has more in FedScoop.

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