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Another plan to track ransomware payments is before Congress. Gigabytes of data belonging to streaming company Twitch appear to have leaked. And the latest from a top White House official on some big cyber deadlines. This is CyberScoop for October 6, 2021.

A new ransomware bill on the block

Democrats dropped a cybersecurity bill that would require ransomware victims to report payments made within 48 hours. The legislation also directs DHS to release anonymous information about payments and study how cryptocurrency is facilitating the ransomware industry. If it sounds familiar, you may be thinking of the three other cybersecurity incident reporting bills being juggled across the two chambers. The Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs on Wednesday was marking up an incident notification bill that would require critical infrastructure owners and operators to report cyber incidents within 72 hours. Tonya Riley reports.

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Stolen Twitch source code, creator payment data revealed

Source code underpinning the live streaming service Twitch has reportedly leaked, exposing information about some company plans and payment data from popular accounts on the service. Twitch, a subsidiary of Amazon, is a popular service that broadcasts esports, live music and other events to audiences that have numbered millions at a time. An anonymous user of the message board 4chan — home to hackers and trolls alike — posted a 125-gigabyte torrent file that they allege includes all of Twitch’s code, including information about internal security tools, three years of payment history to Twitch “creators” and data related to proprietary software. Jeff Stone has the latest.

Key executive order deadlines are approaching

Some of the most important deadlines for federal agencies to take action on cybersecurity under President Joe Biden's May executive order are just around the corner, a top White House official said Tuesday. Speaking at an event hosted by cybersecurity firm Mandiant, Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology, highlighted the November action. "we call them 'five,' in terms of five specific areas that we know dramatically reduce the risk of a cyber security attack, and if one happens, reduce the risk of it being broadly impactful," she said. The "five," Neuberger said, are multifactor authentication, encryption of data, endpoint detection, a fully manned security operation center, and logging. Here's our coverage of the May order.

New Hampshire CISO heads to Washington

New Hampshire’s statewide chief information security officer, Daniel Dister, is leaving state government to join the Biden administration to help implement the White House’s cybersecurity agenda, officials confirmed to StateScoop. In Washington, Dister will work alongside Federal CISO Chris DeRusha in carrying out a sweeping executive order President Joe Biden signed in May that aims to expand breach-notification requirements and software security standards for federal contractors. By working with DeRusha, who prior to becoming federal CISO served as Michigan’s chief security officer, Dister will give the White House another key cybersecurity official with experience at the state level. Benjamin Freed has the StateScoop story.

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