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U.S. intelligence, law enforcement and cyber agencies reveal how hackers burrowed their way into a military organization and stole sensitive data and employee information. A 'poisonous' version of Tor tracks users in China. And the latest Daily Scoop podcast explores the "long cyberwar" facing federal agencies. This is CyberScoop for Oct. 5.

Hackers infiltrate likely U.S. military contractor

U.S. cybersecurity, law enforcement and intelligence officials revealed on Tuesday that sophisticated hackers infiltrated a likely U.S. military contractor and maintained “persistent, long-term” access to their system. The National Security Agency, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and the FBI released a detailed, joint advisory containing the notification, explaining that in November 2021 CISA responded to a report of malicious activity on an anonymous “Defense Industrial Base (DIB) Sector organization’s enterprise network.” CISA uncovered a likely compromise, and said that some of the intruders had “long-term access to the environment.” After breaking in, officials said, hackers leveraged an open-source toolkit known as Impacket to “programmatically” construct and manipulate network protocols. Suzanne Smalley has the story.

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'Poisoned' Tor Browser tracks Chinese users

A modified version of the Tor Browser collected sensitive data on Chinese users since at least March, maybe as early as January, that included browsing history, form data, computer name and location, user name and MAC addresses of network adapters, researchers with the cybersecurity firm Kaspersky said Tuesday. A video posted on a Chinese-language YouTube channel included a link to the malicious version of the Tor Browser installer. The channel has more than 180,000 subscribers, and the video has been viewed more than 64,000 times, but it's not clear how many people were effected. AJ Vicens reports.

'The Long Cyberwar'

The Coast Guard, the National Nuclear Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service all have cyber struggles according to overseers. Their challenges are representative of the issues every agency faces. Ron Marks, president of ZPN Cyber and National Security Strategies and visiting professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, discusses the overarching theme of these cyber challenges and what organizations can do moving forward on the latest Daily Scoop Podcast. Listen to the podcast.

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