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Overworked and exhausted, cybersecurity workers are looking for more help at work. Google says it stopped a wave of malicious emails aimed at YouTube creators. And a key candy corn supplier is struck with ransomware. This is CyberScoop for October 20, 2021.

Burnout adds to cyber talent crisis, forcing bosses to get creative with hiring

Cyber pros have spent nearly two years fending off hackers while balancing family responsibilities amid a pandemic that has killed more than 700,000 Americans. Meanwhile, attackers are extorting hospitals and schools at a rate that leads to feelings of exhaustion more often than hope. The situation is forcing organizations to re-examine their recruiting strategies in a way that aims to expand the talent pool and support existing employees, according to Mari Galloway, CEO and founding board member of Women’s Society of CyberJutsu, a nonprofit dedicated to building awareness about career opportunities. “I have burnout moments probably every quarter where I think ‘I can’t do this anymore. I don’t want to do this anymore,’” she said during an appearance at CyberWeek, an event produced by Scoop News Group. Jeff Stone has the story.

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Scammers targeted YouTube creators to takeover accounts

Scammers have been targeting YouTube creators with fake content collaboration offers in order to steal their accounts, according to a Google Threat Analysis Group report published Wednesday. Google began tracking and disrupting the campaign in late 2019. Approximately 4,000 YouTube channels stolen as part of the campaign have been recovered since May, according to the report. YouTube has struggled with outsiders taking over channels to spread cryptocurrency scams before, as fraudsters took over several high-traffic channels in August 2020 themed around the launch of SpaceX’s first spaceflight with NASA. Tonya Riley has more details.

Candy corn hack unlikely to sour Halloween supplies

A major U.S. candy-maker says it’s returning to service after a ransomware incident in which intruders interrupted operations at some facilities just weeks before Halloween. Chicago-based Ferrara Candy — the parent company of Lemonheads, Atomic Fireballs, Keebler and others — said attackers hit the firm with ransomware on Oct. 9, encrypting systems. Specific details about the breach are sparse, though Ferrara says the incident is not likely to affect Halloween candy supplies, as much of the trick-or-treating inventory had already shipped to retailers prior to the hack. Ferrara also produces Bach’s candy corn. Law enforcement is investigating the matter, and outside experts continue to help restore systems, the company said. Jeff looks closer.

ICYMI: Accenture lost 'proprietary information' in summer breach

Accenture has acknowledged in a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission that outsiders extracted “proprietary information” in a cyber incident this summer. The SEC filing provides additional detail on a breach the company first discovered on July 30 and disclosed in early August. The disclosure coincided with the ransomware gang LockBit 2.0 leaking information from the consulting giant after saying Accenture failed to pay a $50 million ransom by its deadline. CyberScoop had previously reported other details of the intrusion. Tim Starks covers the news.

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