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Fraudsters take to Twitter to bilk victims out of cryptocurrency, raising more concerns about the future of the platform. Authorities reveal charges against suspected LockBit ransomware operator. And Maricopa County offers a master class in fighting disinformation. This is CyberScoop for Nov. 10.

NFT scams proliferate on Twitter

A fraud network made up of thousands of bogus Twitter accounts has been impersonating legitimate NFT stores to swindle users out of cryptocurrency, according to research published Thursday. The report is just the latest indication that cryptocurrency-related scams still run rampant on social media despite continued warnings from consumer protection watchdogs. It also raises fresh questions about what Twitter is doing to rid its platform of fake accounts, which the company’s new owner, Elon Musk, vowed to get rid of or “die trying.” Tonya Riley reports.

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How one country fought midterm disinfo and won

Rumors and mischaracterizations about voting on Tuesday swirled around social media throughout the day, especially related to malfunctioning ballot tabulators in Arizona’s Maricopa County, where officials were still counting votes Wednesday afternoon. The nonprofit Election Integrity Partnership documented more than 40,000 tweets about the tabulators, many of them suggested glitches resulted from sabotage. But disinformation watchers said the amount of conspiracy theories and lies about the voting process was far less than expected, and much lower than the 2020 presidential election. Suzanne Smalley has more.

LockBit ransomware suspect facing trial

Canadian law enforcement officials arrested a dual Russian and Canadian national in October accused of participating in LockBit ransomware attacks against targets across the world, costing victims millions of dollars. The Justice Department identified the suspect as Mikhail Vasiliev who, according to court documents unsealed Thursday, faces charges related to conspiracy to damage computers and transmitting ransom demands. Vasiliev faces up to five years in prison and is awaiting extradition to the U.S. AJ Vicens reports.

Microsoft calls out Sandworm

Researchers at Microsoft said Thursday that an attack on transportation and logistics companies in Ukraine and Poland last month was the work of a notorious Russian military intelligence unit. The Oct. 11 attack — dubbed “Prestige” — attempted to cripple access to computers across the organizations it targeted. When successful, the attack effectively made it impossible for companies to access their computer systems. AJ has this, too.

Neuberger: NATO should be nimbler

A top White House cyber official spoke at a NATO meeting in Rome Thursday, convening with allies to hone plans for rapidly responding to nation-state hacks and other digital threats. Thursday’s meeting follows a June commitment from officials representing 30 NATO countries to significantly boost NATO’s cyber defenses as an alliance and at the national level. “Just as NATO is prepared to respond to kinetic [battlefield] crises our allies face, we must also be prepared to respond to cyber crises,” said Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technologies at the White House. Suzanne has more details.

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