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Investigators pin a major data breach at an influential IT contractor on the ransomware gang known as Maze. A pre-pandemic data breach highlights the medical sector's vulnerability. And Equifax is still settling with states. This is CyberScoop for Monday, April 20.

Maze strikes again, this time at an IT firm

Maze, a ransomware variant that's been used in cyberattacks in the U.S. and Europe, has hit one of its biggest targets yet. Cognizant, a multibillion-dollar software firm with clients in the banking and energy industries, said it was grappling with a Maze infection that had disrupted services for some of its clients. The company said it had brought in cyberdefense firms to help with the cleanup, which is ongoing. Maze reportedly denied being behind the attack, but forensic data suggests that Maze infrastructure was used to hack Cognizant. Since an FBI warning in December about Maze, the hackers have conducted a spate of attacks on various organizations. Sean Lyngaas has the story.

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A medical breach before the pandemic

A Detroit-area health care organization is alerting patients that their information may have been compromised in a recent data breach. Beaumont Health, a network of eight hospitals, said that “an unauthorized third party” accessed names, birth dates, Social Security numbers and medical conditions about some 112,000 people. Hackers also accessed bank account data and driver’s license numbers about some of those affected. Word of the breach coincides with ongoing concern in the security community about the particular vulnerability of the global medical sector. As health care workers rush to treat patients affected by the novel coronavirus, opportunistic hackers have sought to capitalize on the urgency by targeting hospitals, sometimes demanding extortion fees to back down. Jeff Stone has more details.

Equifax settles with two states for almost $40 million

Nearly three years after one of the largest data breaches in history, state attorneys general still are making Equifax pay. Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy announced Friday the credit processing company has agreed to pay $18.2 million and update its cybersecurity protocols. The settlement will end claims filed in connection with the company’s failure to stop a 2017 data breach that affected roughly 145 million Americans, including roughly 3 million Massachusetts residents. The announcement comes one day after Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said his office has agreed to resolve a class action suit against Equifax for $19.5 million. Jeff has the details.

Pentagon's deputy CIO to retire

Essye Miller will retire as principal deputy CIO of the Department of Defense at the end of June. Miller, who has served in the role since 2017, will be replaced by John Sherman, CIO of the intelligence community. “Essye is without a doubt an inspiration to many and her dedication to the mission and leadership style will be missed throughout the department," CIO Dana Deasy said in a statement. Sherman’s transfer to the DOD comes after he and Deasy have built a close working relationship in recent years. Sherman also has experience in leading a community of agencies with highly sensitive and classified information using commercial cloud capabilities — something the Pentagon is also embarking on with its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud contract. Billy Mitchell has the story at FedScoop.

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