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The omicron variant weighs heavily on RSAC. The Five Eyes focus collectively on the biggest bug of the moment. And what would the holidays be without a bah-humbug phishing scam? This is CyberScoop for December 23.

Change your flights

RSA Conference has been delayed until June 6, organizers announced Wednesday. They said the decision to push the event from its original dates of Feb. 7-10 comes from of “an abundance of caution” given the recent surge in omicron variant of COVID-19. The conference last took place in person in 2020 at the beginning of the pandemic. A number of participants reported testing positive for the virus after attending. Tonya Riley has the news.

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Editor’s note

After today, the CyberScoop newsletter will pause publication until Monday, Jan. 3. Thank you to our readers and subscribers for your support through another big year for CyberScoop. We look forward to returning to your inbox in the new year. In the meantime, happy holidays!

Five Eyes on Log4J

CISA has released an advisory offering vendors and affected organizations a detailed guide on how to deal with potential risks to IT and cloud services posed by an exploit in Apache Log4j’s software library. The warning was issued alongside the FBI and National Security Agency and the security agencies of the other Five Eyes intelligence partners — Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Tonya has more.

They wish you a malware Christmas

A phishing campaign is employing a pair of particularly timely — and awful — lures to target victims this week: fake employment termination notices and warnings of exposure to the omicron COVID-19 variant. The phishing emails were attempts to deliver Dridex credential-theft malware, one of the most dominant strains of malware in recent years. AJ Vicens explains.

Rime of the ancient mainframe

This week the University of Arkansas powered down the mainframe for its Business and Administrative Strategic Information System, ending a hardware and software saga that began more than 25 years ago. The school estimates that decommissioning the mainframe will save an estimated $1 million per year. BASIS was designed in 1991 and given major updates a few other times in the ’90s. EdScoop’s Emily Bamforth has the tale.

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