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CISA installs another leader. A China-based scam involves hundreds of sites but apparently no malware. And beware of "ghosts" in Webex. This is CyberScoop for Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

The state of play after the CISA purge

After the White House fired Chris Krebs for fact checking the president on election security, the Department of Homeland Security's cyber agency is now led by career civil servant Brandon Wales, a 15-year veteran of the department with a reputation for being smart and apolitical. But CISA’s continued work on election security could draw more White House ire. Sean Lyngaas reports.

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This scam recipe needs help, but no Magecart

A China-based e-commerce scam appears to be harvesting payment information not through direct hacks or through a skimmer like Magecart, but with a simpler approach, say researchers at Gemini Advisory. The fraudsters set up hundreds of websites that appear to sell legitimate goods, but instead capture card numbers for sale on the dark web. The grift requires a little work behind the scenes, Gemini says, including murky connections to a Chinese bank that allow the scammers to acquire merchant identification numbers. Oh, and the crooks also make money directly from sales of nonexistent goods. Joe Warminsky breaks it down.

Spooky little vulnerability in Cisco Webex

IBM researchers said they found vulnerabilities in Cisco's Webex video conferencing software that would allow uninvited "ghosts" to inhabit a meeting or glean information from it. Not only could the unwelcome guests sneak in, they could remain in a meeting even after the host expelled them, or gain data on attendees from the outside, too. Cisco released a fix on Wednesday, the same day IBM Research disclosed how ghosts could exploit the flaws. Tim Starks pulls the sheets off.

One way to kneecap harmful online content

Social media companies need to band together more to limit the spread of abusive and harmful content online, according to John Redgrave, the co-founder and CEO of abuse-detection software startup Sentropy. The idea is that when the companies are working in silos and not sharing lessons learned, some harmful content will continue to spread unabated, on and between platforms, Redgrave said during FedTalks, a virtual event produced by FedScoop. Sentropy emerged from stealth five months ago with an API-based and a browser-based interface meant to help companies make moderation decisions for text-based content. Shannon Vavra has more.

Measuring cyber insurance claims

External cyberattacks account for the largest percentage of the value of cyber insurance claims, even though accidental internal causes account for the highest frequency of claims, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty found in a study of more than 1,700 client cyber claims. The company said it has received its "first few" claims that can be indirectly tied to the shift COVID-19 has brought to the business landscape, but it's too soon to say it's a broader trend. Thomas Kang, the company's North America head of cyber, tech and media, said one finding that stood out was that survey respondents cited cyber incidents as the cause of business interruption they feared most, ahead of fire or natural disasters. Read the study.

More lessons from CyberTalks 2020

This year’s virtual CyberTalks featured a full lineup of the most influential leaders working in cybersecurity today, including VIPs across government, Silicon Valley and the financial sector. Thousands of people watched discussions about emerging threats, identity management, network resilience, supply chain risks, the importance of culture change, and much more:

Watch all the CyberTalks 2020 videos here.

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