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Intrusion Truth returns with details on alleged Chinese cyber thieves. DOD is expanding a program for ethical hackers. And Human Rights Watch weighs in on Russia's U.N. anti-cybercrime convention. This is CyberScoop for May 6, 2021.

Guess who’s back

Just when you thought Twitter might silence Intrusion Truth, the group known for doxxing Chinese hacking groups is back. A new blog from Intrusion Truth details the years of alleged collaboration between two Chinese men whom the Justice Department has charged with stealing hundreds of millions of dollars of intellectual property. Some op-sec slip-ups helped the sleuthing. Sean Lyngaas reports.

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Pentagon expands work with ethical hackers

The Pentagon is letting outside hackers go after more Department of Defense targets than ever before, in an effort to find DOD’s vulnerabilities before foreign hackers do. The program, “Hack the Pentagon,” previously allowed cybersecurity professionals to test DOD systems when it involved public-facing websites and applications. Now interested hackers may go after all publicly-accessible DOD information systems, including publicly-accessible networks, internet of things devices and industrial control systems. Shannon Vavra breaks it down.

Are autocrats using cybercrime as an excuse?

A Russia-led initiative to start a new anti-cybercrime convention at the U.N. could be a boon for autocrats around the world, Human Rights Watch warned Wednesday. The advocacy group detailed a slew of laws that various governments have used to stifle free speech under the guise of fighting computer crimes. Civil liberties advocates worry that the Russian initiative would validate those ham-handed measures. Sean has more.

CISA says it's in a better place after the SolarWinds hack

Since the federal government learned it was a victim of the massive SolarWinds hacking campaign, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has been working to gain an understanding of critical software across government. Now, CISA believes it has a better grasp of the risks such software poses to national critical functions and developing tools to mitigate the threats, said Bob Kolasky, assistant director of CISA’s National Risk Management Center. FedScoop's Dave Nyczepir has the story.

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