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Immense complexity in the ongoing effort to address the Log4j vuln. An update on the cyberattack against Maryland's coronavirus data sites. And there's a new leader for the DOD body charged with assessing contractor cybersecurity. This is CyberScoop for December 22.

Patch for Log4j? Easier said than done.

The Log4Shell bug has kept information security professionals busy, with hundreds of millions of devices and tens of thousands of software packages possibly affected by a vulnerability in Apache's Log4j tool that could allow for a complete system takeover. Apache has issued three separate patches, but finding all the systems that require upgrades has proven to be a challenge. AJ Vicens explains.

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Maryland’s COVID-19 data is back online after cyberattack

A key part of Maryland's COVID-19 data is online again after an outage of more than two weeks. State officials say they’re still investigating the cyberattack that disabled the government’s ability to publish confirmed infections, diagnostic testing volume, negative test results and seven-day rolling averages of positive tests. The state never lost the ability to update its hospitalization and vaccination statistics or serve residents who want vaccine appointments. StateScoop’s Benjamin Freed has the update.

Pentagon cyber board picks new leader

Jeff Dalton, a founding member of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body, will be the group’s new leader. The CMMC AB is one of the most critical components of the Defense Department’s plan for ensuring that its contractors are protected against cyberattacks. This week the CMMC also published detailed guides on how contractors will have their networks inspected, and former board Chairman Karlton Johnson appeared on the Daily Scoop Podcast. FedScoop’s Jackson Barnett has more on Dalton.

More details on a new Apple privacy feature

Apple released the technical white paper for the private relay browsing it launched for iCloud users in October. The feature, which is currently still in its beta form, is the closest thing a major browser has gotten to a Tor-like network. You can't change your country location like with a traditional VPN, but Apple's private relay masks your IP address while maintaining geolocation to improve services that require the information. Masking your IP address can make it harder for marketers to track you across the Internet, giving users a privacy boost, Apple says. Read the white paper.

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