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Some clever cybersecurity researchers expose a previously unknown hacking group that is up to serious business. British police arrest a teen who might be connected to the recent Uber hack. And questions linger about the cybersecurity precautions that HHS took with its COVID data systems. This is CyberScoop for Sept. 23.

Researchers expose stealthy hacking group

During a recent investigation of a series of cyber intrusions into an unnamed high-value target, threat intelligence researchers with SentinelOne’s SentinelLabs team discovered nearly 10 hacking groups associated with China and Iran. This isn’t necessarily new when dealing with significant targets, sometimes referred to as a “magnet of threats” in cybersecurity, as they attract and host multiple hacking efforts simultaneously. But among the cohabitating groups, researchers unearthed a previously unknown group that seems to be operating in alignment with nation-state interests and perhaps as part of a high-end contractor arrangement. AJ Vicens reports.

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Was the Uber hacker just arrested?

British police arrested a 17-year-old from Oxfordshire, England, on Thursday as part of a hacking investigation, the City of London Police announced Friday. The agency declined to share any additional information Friday morning, as did the U.K.’s National Crime Agency, whose National Cyber Crime Unit supported the investigation. While it’s not yet clear who the suspect is, the arrest comes eight days after Uber’s systems were breached, followed shortly after by the high-profile hack of Rockstar Games, with the attacker leaking development footage from the highly anticipated upcoming installment of the Grand Theft Auto video game. AJ is following the story.

Questioning the cybersecurity of HHS systems

Former officials at the Department of Health and Human Services have challenged key findings of a watchdog investigation into the cybersecurity of COVID-19 data analysis systems that was rescinded last month. HHS’ inspector general on Aug. 24 quashed the report, which investigated the launch of COVID-19 data collection and analysis technology without authorizations to operate (ATOs) accepting relevant security risks. Two officials briefed on the investigation refuted its findings, saying the functions provided by the technology to senior medical decision makers in a short time period outweighed any potential cyber risks. Dave Nyczepir writes in FedScoop.

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