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Federal agencies reveal more actions against Iranian hackers on the heels of sanctions over alleged cyberattacks on Albania. Senators call out social media executives on disinformation. And more details on self-attestation for software security. This is CyberScoop for Sept. 15.

Sweeping measures against Iranian hackers

The U.S. government on Wednesday announced wide-ranging punitive actions against 10 Iranians and two Iranian companies — including sanctions, indictments and multiple $10 million rewards — related to a spree of breaches and ransomware attacks around the U.S. dating to October 2020. All 10 people and the two companies are affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Treasury Department said in a statement. The actions come less than a week after the U.S. government sanctioned Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security and the Minister of Intelligence, Esmail Khatib, in response to Iranian-linked cyberattacks on Albania in July. AJ Vicens reports.

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Senators slam social media companies

Six current and former social media executives appeared at Senate hearings on Wednesday focused on disinformation, with some facing blistering attacks from lawmakers and former colleagues who alleged that their companies allow the spread of untrue, divisive and extremist content because it is profitable. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., told executives from Meta, YouTube, TikTok and Twitter that by pushing “the most engaging posts to more users, they end up amplifying extremist, dangerous, and radicalizing content. This includes QAnon, Stop the Steal, and other conspiracy theories, as well as white supremacist and Anti-Semitic rhetoric.” Suzanne Smalley has it.

What's the story with software self-attestation

New guidance issued by the White House on Wednesday gives agencies a timeline for beginning to obtain self-attestations from software developers before using their products, rather than relying on third-party assessments. Self-attestation refers to documentation that developers must provide to demonstrate their compliance with the Secure Software Development Framework. This is a key framework that federal IT leaders and the wider tech industry have been aware of since at least March, when the White House required agencies to start adopting it. Dave Nyczepir writes in FedScoop.

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