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The Biden executive order on cybersecurity is taking shape. Prosecutors charged a man over a Kansas water system hack. And Claroty found some bugs in a popular automation software. This is CyberScoop for April 2, 2021.

An order chock full of cyber ideas

A forthcoming Biden administration executive order has cyber commandments for federal agencies and contractors, according to sources familiar with the draft order. That includes software security standards and incident response reporting mandates for vendors. It also includes, for agencies, embracing zero trust, retaining audit logs and more. Tim Starks has details.

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Another water system hack comes to light

U.S. prosecutors have charged a 22-year-old man with hacking into a rural water utility in Kansas in 2019 and shutting down processes for cleaning and disinfecting the drinking water. No harm came of it but it’s another reminder, after a recent breach of a Florida facility, of the security challenges facing a cash-strapped sector. Sean Lyngaas has more.

Rockwell fixes 9 bugs in popular industrial software

A popular automation software had a series of critical vulnerabilities that attackers could have exploited to infiltrate sensitive parts of factories and other industrial environments, researchers from Claroty said Thursday. The bugs in FactoryTalk AssetCentre, a software tool made by Rockwell Automation, come as industrial sectors face an unrelenting tide of threats from ransomware gangs. Stay tuned for some more in-depth reporting on the manufacturing sector’s security challenges from CyberScoop soon. Read the full blog post.

The Accellion breach victims just keep adding up

The University of California, Davis announced Wednesday that it — like many other universities, governments and corporations around the world — has been impacted by the breach of the IT provider Accellion’s file-sharing application. In a press release, university IT officials said they received reports earlier this week of employees receiving emails threatening that their personal information had been exposed and that it would soon be published. Other victims include Harvard Business School, the University of Colorado, University of Miami and University of Maryland, Baltimore, where malicious actors have threatened to publish or actually released user data stolen in the incident that was made public in January. Ben Freed has the story.

New York cops now wearing body cameras

By the end of the year, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, all state troopers will wear body cameras on duty, though only officers in Albany, Schenectady, Rensselaer and several other upstate counties are currently using the technology initially. The state has a $7.6 million annual contract with Axon, a military and law-enforcement technology vendor, to supply 3,000 devices and provide cloud storage, software and technical support. In starting the camera program, New York State Police are catching up with local law enforcement agencies, like the New York Police Department, that have worn body cameras for nearly a decade. Ryan Johnston has the latest at StateScoop.

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