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A top Treasury Department official says the U.S. "will not tolerate Iran’s increasingly aggressive cyber activities." The creator platform Patreon ousts security staff and takes heat for it. And the State Department's bounties-for-hackers program yields results. This is CyberScoop for Sept. 9.

Iran sanctioned over cyberattacks

The Treasury Department announced sanctions on Friday against Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security and its Minister of Intelligence in response to “cyber-enabled activities against the United States and its allies.” The announcement comes two days after the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama formally blamed the Iranian government for the attack and took the unprecedented step of severing diplomatic relations with Iran based on the cyberattack, giving Iranian personnel 24 hours to leave the country. The U.S. had pledged to take action against Iran. AJ Vicens reports.

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Patreon lays off security team

Patreon laid off its security team this week, according to several former employees, sparking cybersecurity concerns among users who are increasingly threatening to leave the platform.The layoffs gained visibility after noted privacy lawyer Whitney Merrill tweeted a LinkedIn post from former Patreon privacy engineer Emily Metcalfe. “Wouldn’t trust my data there,” Merrill said on Twitter. Patreon, which boasts as many as 8 million monthly users on its platform for fans to support creators and artists, suffered a major breach in 2015. Tonya Riley has more.

U.S. bounties for cybercriminals bear fruit

The State Department’s program offering rewards of up to $10 million for tips leading to the apprehension of cybercriminals is paying off, FBI Assistant Director for Cyber Bryan Vorndran said Wednesday. “Recently the US government has also started to leverage something that was traditionally used in counterterrorism, Rewards for Justice,” Vorndran said. “It’s essentially incentivizing individuals who have intimate knowledge of a criminal conspiracy, whether nation-state or not, to report to the U.S. government. … That has actually born fruit at this point.” Suzanne Smalley covers it.


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