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The president vows to take action against DarkSide over the Colonial hack. Toshiba Tec gets hit by the ransomware gang. And suspected Pakistani spies pose as alluring women. This is CyberScoop for May 14, 2021.

The US wants to go after DarkSide

President Joe Biden suggested Thursday in remarks that the U.S. intends to pursue hackers who last week infected the IT systems of Colonial Pipeline. “We have been in direct communication with Moscow for the imperative for responsible countries to take decisive action against these ransomware networks,” Biden said, declining to rule out a retaliatory cyberattack against the hackers. The news comes after Colonial Pipeline resumed pumping fuel across the eastern seaboard Wednesday, and reporting that it paid the criminal hackers a $5 million ransom. Shannon Vavra breaks it down.

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Toshiba Tec subsidiaries appear to have a DarkSide problem

DarkSide has racked up a lot of victims in the last nine months, so it’s no surprise that more are coming forward after the Colonial Pipeline hack. Toshiba Tec, a unit of the Japanese tech giant, said Friday that its European subsidiaries were dealing with a cyberattack conducted by a criminal gang. A spokesperson didn’t respond to requests for comment, but multiple media reports suggested the DarkSide syndicate could be involved. Sean Lyngaas has more.

The spy who tried to shag me

Cyber-espionage is never boring. On Thursday, Cisco Talos unpacked an intriguing tale of suspected Pakistani spies posing as alluring women to try to hack the Indian defense sector. It’s a case of mid-tier cyber powers trying to infiltrate each other’s networks, and an example of the commodification of hacking tools well beyond the Five Eyes and the Big Four. Sean has this one, too.

Rapid7 joins the Codecov list

Cybersecurity firm Rapid7 said an unauthorized party accessed its source code via the Codecov supply chain hack. They got into "a small subject of our source code repositories," which also contained some internal credentials, according to Rapid7. The company joins Twilio among those whose investigations following the Codecov revelation last month turned up evidence of compromise. Tim Starks has the details.

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