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The National Rifle Association appears to be the target of a Russian ransomware group that U.S. officials have sought to contain. Schreiber Foods, which has $5 billion in annual sales, says it's dealing with a "cyber event." And state and local officials urge attention on digital issues. This is CyberScoop for October 28, 2021.

A Russian-speaking ransomware gang says it hacked the NRA

A ransomware group known as Grief claimed on Wednesday to have hacked the National Rifle Association, releasing 13 documents allegedly belonging to the organization and threatening to release more if the NRA doesn’t pay an extortion fee of an undisclosed sum. The documents previewed on Grief’s leak site include grant applications and minutes from a meeting. The group claims to possess more documents. In a tweet, the gun group said it does not discuss security incidents. Tonya Riley and AJ Vicens explain.

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Scammers get their bellies full of food sector

Dairy giant Schreiber Foods suffered a "cyber event," the company said. It's the latest in an increasingly long string of food and agriculture sector incidents of late. Schreiber Foods, which claims $5 billion in annual sales, first saw its plant and distribution centers affected Friday night, a spokesman said, and was getting things back online as of Monday. While one outlet reported ransomware attackers were seeking $2.5 million from the company, Schreiber Foods declined to answer questions about such specifics. Tim Starks has the news.

A warning from state and local officials in cyber

A majority of city and county IT executives said their cybersecurity budgets increased over the past year, according to a survey published Wednesday by the Public Technology Institute, the local-government arm of the industry group CompTIA. But while the annual survey found that 59% percent of IT executives reported having more money for security than in 2020, 58% still say their financial resources are insufficient to counter cyber threats and support cloud initiatives. While PTI called that figure “worrisome,” it is an improvement from the 64% of local IT officials who shared those budget woes in 2020. Benjamin Freed covers the news at StateScoop.


The state of the threat intelligence landscape today

In an exclusive CyberScoop interview, Amy Hogan-Burney, general manager of Digital Crimes at Microsoft, discusses findings from a recent cybercrimes trends report. She shares what the findings reveal about the trends in specific threats — like phishing and ransomware attacks — and particularly what security concerns government leaders should be more aware of in the coming year. Watch the full interview with Hogan-Burney.

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