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How did REvil get so big? A DOD watchdog faults the department for its caretaking of 3D printing designs. And a U.K. court grants a U.S. wish on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. This is CyberScoop for July 8, 2021.

Everything you need to know about REvil

REvil, the ransomware gang that hit Kaseya and JBS, has risen to the top of its field by several measurements with a mixture of boldness and loudness, threat intel firms say. Its origins trace to another alleged Russian gang, GandCrab, and its activity since 2018 makes it long-lived in a world where operators usually try to get rich quick and run. The Kaseya attack, though, points to the work of an affiliate: It's been far sloppier than the main gang's style, but the affiliate model has helped expand REvil's reach. Tim Starks dives deeper.

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The military failed to secure 3D printers from hackers

Military officials failed to secure 3D printing designs for battlefield gear like body armor and vehicle gear, a Department of Defense inspector general report found. The report noted that officials were unaware the printers connected to the Internet and internal networks and subsequently failed to secure them according to DoD policy. The security risk could have allowed adversaries to not only steal designs, but infiltrate DOD networks or sabotage design plans. Individual offices within the DOD intend to meet the report's recommendations to adequately secure the systems going forward. Tonya Riley has more.

US prosecutors get a second shot at Assange

A U.K. judge granted U.S. prosecutors the chance to appeal a January decision denying a request to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the U.S. to face espionage charges. The prosecutors will need to convince the court that the judge was wrong to block Assange’s extradition based on his mental health state. No date has been set yet for the hearing. Tonya explains.

So many layers of attacks stemming from Kaseya breach

The breach at software provider Kaseya opened the door to other ransomware attacks, and now malware spammers are using publicity surrounding those attacks to launch their own. MalwareBytes spotted emails offering fake security updates for Kaseya's VSA platform via both URL and file attachment. The campaign arrived as Kaseya was still trying to roll out an authentic patch. Tim has this one, too.

Mayors get White House cyber meeting

As the Biden administration continues its attempt to push back against ransomware and other cyberthreats, a group of mayors from around the United States got a virtual briefing Tuesday from Anne Neuberger, the deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology. The meeting, which discussed the administration's anti-ransomware strategy, came against the backdrop of the latest big ransomware attack against Kaseya, which was carried out by affiliates of the REvil gang, a familiar foe to many cities. StateScoop's Benjamin Freed reports.

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