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More insights about how student data can be exposed through school apps. Another Russian national faces the U.S. justice system. And Citizen Lab finds another high-profile example of NSO Group spyware use. This is CyberScoop for December 21.

Schools' apps are a win for advertisers

Hundreds of advertisers are collecting valuable student data from MaxPreps, a service that allows schools to add sports data to their informational app for students, researchers at the Me2B Alliance found in examining a sample of apps from 18 schools. Me2B also found several apps containing expired school domains now operated by malicious entities. The research speaks to the dangers that unregulated educational apps can pose to student data, experts say. Tonya Riley explains.

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Russian extradited in illegal hacking, stock scam case

A Russian national accused of hacking into two U.S. firms, stealing non-public information and then trading on that information was extradited to the U.S. on Dec. 18. Vladislav Kliushin, 41, and four others are accused in the plot, which prosecutors say netted the group $82.5 million from 2018 to 2020. Ivan Yermakov, 35, one of the co-defendants, was already under U.S. indictment for his alleged role in the hack-and-leak operations connected to the 2016 Russian election interference efforts and for hacking activities directed at various anti-doping agencies, sporting federations and anti-doping officials. AJ Vicens has the news.

More details about Pegasus use in Khashoggi case

United Arab Emirates agents loaded Pegasus spyware on the phone of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s wife months before his death, the Washington Post first reported Tuesday. The new findings are the first to directly tie a UAE government agency to the use of spyware on someone close to Khashoggi in the months leading up to his murder. They come on top of two other revelations this week of NSO Group spyware being found on the phones of dissidents and human rights defenders, adding to the growing list of concerns about abuses of the spyware. Tonya has more.

Maryland Department of Health is still cyber-sick

Two weeks after its operations were disrupted by a cybersecurity incident, the Maryland Department of Health is still struggling to resume publishing all of the metrics related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the agency's key online functions are still working fine, such as its website for booking vaccinations and diagnostic testing. But the department has not been able to update all its data on the state of the pandemic at a time when the omicron variant of the virus is spreading quickly. Benjamin Freed has more at StateScoop.

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