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The LinkedIn hacker is sentenced. Georgia officials are ordered to have paper backups at the polls. Mobile malware poses as Telegram and other messaging apps. This is CyberScoop for Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020.

Seven years for a high-profile Russian hacker

A U.S. judge just sentenced Yevgeniy Nikulin to 88 months in prison after he was found guilty of hacking LinkedIn, Dropbox and Formspring in 2012. Nikulin, now 33, was extradited to the U.S. from the Czech Republic in 2018, following a diplomatic row with the Russian government, which sought to bring him home. Since then, prosecutors have alleged that Nikulin had ties to Russian intelligence. The sentence caps a long trial that was repeatedly delayed, first by a psychiatric evaluation and then the coronavirus pandemic. Jeff Stone has been following the case.

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Paper records, please

Georgia has long been the center of heated battles over voting procedures. The latest instance came Monday when a judge instructed Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to ensure that all polling places have backup paper records of eligible voters to avoid long lines and disenfranchisement on Election Day. The move comes after glitches in electronic pollbooks caused long lines during Georgia’s primary. Raffensperger vowed to appeal the decision. Sean Lyngaas has more.

More spyware in the Middle East

Antivirus company ESET says it has identified another example of hackers using mobile malware to sneak onto people's devices with the goal of spying on their communications. Researchers say the hacking group known as APT-C-23 or Two-tailed Scorpion has been luring Android users to a fake app store where they can download bogus versions of Telegram and other messaging apps. ESET doesn't specify who the targets are, but APT-C-23 has been linked to the Palestinian group Hamas in the past. Evidence of the spyware dates to at least mid-2019. Joe Warminsky has the research.

Another day, another health care hack

For the second time in a week, an important health care facility in the U.S. is reeling from a cybersecurity incident. Ohio’s Ashtabula County Medical Center said Tuesday its IT systems had been offline for multiple days and that it had to postpone elective procedures for patients. While the cause has not been confirmed by the 200-bed clinic, reports suggest it was ransomware. There have been more than 70 ransomware attacks on health care providers this year, more than in all of 2019, according to one analyst. Sean has the latest.

Army Cyber prepares to broaden its mission

The Army's cyber-operators are preparing to expand their duties beyond protecting networks, monitoring threats and the other tasks typically assigned to them. Army Cyber Command will be adding “information advantage” and “decision dominance” to its mission, says its leader, Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty. The goals include helping kinetic operations extend their impact, collecting information to assist battlefield decisions and working to influence adversaries, the general says. Jackson Barnett has more at FedScoop.

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