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Global security personnel scramble to see if Chinese hackers were in their email inboxes. An email scammer's self-pwnage. And the SolarWinds investigation goes on. This is CyberScoop for March 5, 2021.

Czech your Microsoft Exchange Servers

Email systems of the city of Prague and the Czech Republic’s Labour Ministry have been impacted in recent days in hacking incidents, government officials said. It's unclear if they were caused by Chinese state-sponsored hackers exploiting the Microsoft Exchange Server flaws announced earlier this week, but the Czech Office for Cyber and Information Security confirmed it is responding to attacks elsewhere caused by the zero-days. Norway’s National Security Authority also warned victims were cropping up in Norway as well, and Mandiant said it has observed the attackers in at least one client environment. Microsoft warned more victims may emerge. Shannon Vavra and Sean Lyngaas have the details.

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SolarWinds breach perps had additional tricks

The SolarWinds hackers appear to have had more tools at their disposal than previously known. FireEye and Microsoft said on Thursday they had discovered three malware strains linked to the attackers, whom the U.S. government deemed "likely Russian." One hacking tool was a second-stage backdoor that was particularly effective at evading detection, according to the two companies. Tim Starks breaks it down.

An email scammer’s epic op-sec fail

Not all hackers are cunning and sophisticated. Many are mistake-prone and embarrassingly sloppy. Take a business email scammer who infected their own device, allowing researchers to study their every move. There is plenty for network defenders to learn from these mistakes. Read on for a story of a human folly. Sean Lyngaas has the story.

Pentagon pick emphasizes resilience, deterrence

A top Defense Department nominee said on Thursday that DOD ought to focus on making its networks more able to withstand and bounce back from cyberattacks. Colin Kahl, President Joe Biden's pick for undersecretary of policy, said the SolarWinds hack is an example of the need for resilience as well as deterrence. On the latter, Kahl endorsed DOD's strategy of going on the offense for defensive purposes. Jackson Barnett has more at FedScoop.

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