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A Trump White House insider moves to the NSA. A cyberattack in Vermont is a security reminder for critical-infrastructure organizations. And federal regulators regulators punish Zoom. This is CyberScoop for Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020.

White House official to be NSA’s next top attorney

Michael Ellis, a White House official and former Republican aide on Capitol Hill who has faced accusations of politicizing intelligence, will be the NSA’s next general counsel, according to a U.S. government official familiar with the matter. In recent months the White House has been repeatedly pressuring the Department of Defense’s general counsel to slate Ellis, who served as Intelligence Committee counsel to Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., as the top attorney at the NSA, a person familiar with the matter told CyberScoop. The appointment of Ellis to a traditionally nonpartisan role could raise questions about whether President Donald Trump is seeking to plant political allies throughout the government before he leaves office. Shannon Vavra has the story.

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How a cyberattack on a hospital system affected patients, employees

Several days after a cyberattack hit the University of Vermont Health Network, computers at the multi-hospital system are sputtering back to life. Some chemotherapy and mammogram appointments have been delayed, the FBI is investigating and cybersecurity specialists from Vermont’s Army National Guard have been called to the scene. It’s a window into the intense and multifaceted process a critical-infrastructure organization faces in recovering from a serious security incident. Sean Lyngaas has more.

The FTC caught up with Zoom

Zoom reached a deal with the Federal Trade Commission to settle allegations it misrepresented its security and privacy protections for users, the agency announced Monday. In its action against Zoom, the FTC alleged Zoom “engaged in a series of deceptive and unfair practices that undermined the security of its users.” The agency also alleged that the videoconferencing company misled users in claiming that it offered end-to-end encryption and in assuring them that would store recordings of Zoom meetings in an encrypted format. The FTC also claimed Zoom secretly installed software that made users vulnerable to malware. Shannon has the details.

Measuring the data on 'extreme' attacks

The median cost of an "extreme" cyber loss incident is about $47 million, the Cyentia Institute concluded in a report on attacks over the last five years that cost more than $20 million or exposed more than 20 million records. Nation-state affiliated hackers accounted for 43 percent of the financial losses, a finding that surprised researchers, although the 2017 NotPetya outbreak accounted for a large amount of that. The research also suggested that such attacks are becoming more frequent. Tim Starks parses the numbers.

New Brazilian banking trojan has big ambitions

A new malicious software kit dubbed Ghimob has a series of features that could make it more effective than previous attempts by Brazilian malware developers to target users abroad, Kaspersky researchers said Monday. As part of the ruse, the attackers send emails posing as creditors telling recipients to follow a malicious link to learn more. From there, the app is downloaded and the theft begins. And the new targets are far beyond Brazil, according to Kaspersky. Sean explains the research.

Cutting back on authoritarian regimes’ spying

The European Parliament announced Monday it is taking steps to curtail the exportation of surveillance technologies, including spyware, outside of the European Union. The action clears the path for the EU to establish new ground rules for the export and sale of so-called dual-use technologies, which can be deployed in legitimate but also malicious ways that violate human rights. The EU’s forthcoming stricter controls on the transfer of spyware marks a step forward for those trying to stymie human rights abuses that can result when surveillance technologies fall into the wrong hands. Shannon has this one, too.

More lessons from CyberTalks 2020

This year’s virtual CyberTalks featured a full lineup of influential cybersecurity leaders, including VIPs across government, technology and the financial sector. Experts from the private sector discussed hot topics like zero trust, supply chain security, telework challenges, cybercrime trends and making the business case for cybersecurity:

Watch all the CyberTalks 2020 videos here.

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