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Criminal hackers hit Montenegro hard with crippling ransomware in the latest cyberattack on a European country. The GSA is pursuing security testing for federal agencies. And California passes a reproductive health data privacy bill. This is CyberScoop for Sept. 2.

Montenegro grapples with ransomware attack

Multiple Montenegrin government websites remained inaccessible Friday, a week after government officials there said the country’s “critical state infrastructure” had been targeted with an “unprecedented” cyberattacks. Officials initially blamed the attacks, which came in two waves over the course of the past week or so, on a “coordinated” digital assault from Russian cyber offensive services. But on Tuesday, the shadowy Cuba Ransomware group, which some researchers believe has Russian members, claimed to have attacked the Parliament of Montenegro, causing more uncertainty about who is behind the crippling series of attacks and what they want to achieve. AJ Vicens reports.

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GSA wants info on app security testing

The General Services Administration has issued a request for information seeking feedback from industry on current available application security testing capabilities for federal agencies. “The U.S. government is focused on increasing the depth, rigor, and creativity of its approach to application security testing, so that it sees and analyzes its applications as its adversaries do,” the agency said in a SAM.gov notice. It added: “GSA is seeking information about the availability of Application Security Testing (AST) capabilities that support this effort, including manual expert analysis as well as automated tools, to discover security flaws in Federal applications and provide actionable results.” John Hewitt Jones writes in FedScoop.

Building an IT modernization playbook and cyber strategy at CIA

The Department of Energy is home of the “Scaling IT Modernization Playbook.” At FedTalks, DOE CIO Ann Dunkin and Fearless Chief Growth Officer and former Environmental Protection Agency Chief Technology Officer Greg Godbout discuss how the playbook came about and what’s in it. The Central Intelligence Agency is making a multi-billion dollar bet on the cloud with their C2E contract. At FedTalks, CIA CIO and Director of Information Technology La’Naia Jones explains what’s different about IT and cybersecurity in the Intelligence Community. Listen to the podcast.

California 'data haven' for reproductive health

A bill passed Wednesday night by the California State Assembly aims to make the state a “data haven” that shields data related to reproductive health against investigations launched by states that have outlawed or severely curtailed abortion access in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning Roe v. Wade earlier this year. The bill, AB 1242, now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom, who’s expected to sign it, along with several other abortion-related bills California lawmakers passed during their summer session. Following the Supreme Court’s June 24 ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, in which justices voided the 1973 Roe decision, Newsom declared that California would become a “safe haven” for reproductive health care. Benjamin Freed has the story in FedScoop.

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