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U.S. prosecutors charged a Ukrainian man with an array of cyber crimes, with the expectation he'll soon be sent to Texas from Poland. CISA gives agencies a deadline to plug software holes. And Facebook scrubs its facial recognition database. This is CyberScoop for November 3, 2021.

Alleged scammer arrested in Poland on US charges

Polish law enforcement authorities have arrested a Ukrainian man charged with an array of cyber-related crimes at the behest of the U.S. government, which is now seeking his extradition, court documents obtained by CyberScoop reveal. Yaroslav Vasinskyi, 22, was arrested on Oct. 8 at a border crossing in Dorohusk, a village located on the Polish and Ukrainian border. Jeff Stone is on the case.

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CISA tells agencies to fix hundreds of software flaws

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is ordering federal agencies to patch nearly 300 known, exploited vulnerabilities in a directive published Wednesday. It’s a change from past practice for Binding Operational Directives from the Department of Homeland Security’s main cyber wing. The orders have focused more frequently on one major vulnerability at a time, or have directed agencies to set up broader policies addressing subjects like establishing vulnerability disclosure programs. As one rationale, the agency pointed to issues in Microsoft Exchange technology that suspected Chinese hackers seized upon to target victims worldwide in early 2021. Tim Starks covers the order.

Facebook deletes 1 billion facial recognition records

Facebook is shutting down its facial recognition system used to match users with photos and videos, the company announced. Facebook’s vice president of artificial intelligence cited the need to “weigh the positive use cases for facial recognition against growing societal concerns, especially as regulators have yet to provide clear rules.” The matching technology has landed Facebook in legal trouble before with both a record FTC fine and lawsuit in Illinois. Facebook did not commit to staying out of the facial recognition game for good, but advocates see the move as a way to crank up pressure on Congress to regulate the technology. Tonya Riley has the latest.

FBI ringing bells about attackers targeting stock news

Companies planning big financial moves should be on guard for ransomware attacks, the FBI warned in an alert on Monday. Ransomware hackers are “very likely” timing attacks to coincide with financial events, according to the alert, and will threaten to wreak havoc with investors if the victims don’t pay. Targeted events include merger negotiations, the alert states. Tonya reports.

Potent Brazilian banking trojan resurfaces in South America

Back in June, police in Spain arrested 16 people accused of being part of a gang laundering stolen money with the Mekotio and Grandoreiro banking trojans. The suspects in that arrest had already swiped more than $320,000, authorities said, but were on the verge of taking about $4 million before their arrests. But that arrest wasn’t the end for the malware. In the last three months, Mekotio malware has been used to actively target victims again, a report published Wednesday by Check Point Research suggests. AJ Vicens unpacks the news.

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