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Iranian hackers are up to their old tricks trying to scrape email accounts. A prolific hacker turned whistleblower makes major accusations about Twitter's security failings. And a Colorado county remains offline after a mysterious cyberattack. This is CyberScoop for Aug. 23.

Google exposes Iranian hacking tool

An Iranian government cyber espionage group developed a tool to scrape emails from Gmail, Yahoo and Microsoft Outlook, researchers with Google's Threat Analysis Group said Tuesday. Dubbed "HYPERSCRAPE," the tool remains under active development but has only been observed targeting fewer than two dozen accounts in Iran. Researches believe the tool is associated with Charming Kitten, a prolific cyber espionage effort operating under the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps. AJ Vicens has more

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"Major" Twitter security problems alleged in bombshell whistleblower report

Twitter's top brass deceived regulators and its own board about the state of internal information security at the company, along with a host of other major issues, according to a July whistleblower report, first reported Tuesday by the Washington Post and CNN. Former Twitter head of security Peiter "Mudge" Zatzko accused the company of allowing servers to run on outdated software and poorly managing potential insider threats. He also accused the company of being aware that it may have foreign spies working as employees. Twitter told CNN in a statement that Mudge was fired for "ineffective leadership and poor performance," and said his complaint paints a "false narrative" and is "riddled with inconsistencies and inaccuracies." Read the complaint

Cyberattack takes Colorado county offline

Government offices and several public services in Fremont County, Colorado, have been closed for nearly a week after what officials described as a “cybersecurity event.” No known threat actor has claimed responsibility, nor was it clear if the attack involved a ransom demand. Most county services remain unavailable as of Tuesday morning though the county's 911 call center and courthouse, which use separate systems, are unaffected. StateScoop reports

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