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There's more sunlight into the opaque structure of ransomware gangs. Congress wants cyberattack complaint info from the Federal Trade Commission. And France is fending off alleged Chinese government hackers. This is CyberScoop for July 22, 2021.

How Egregor leaned on its victims

A more than 100-page tranche of chat room negotiations between the Egregor ransomware gang and its victims offers a rare window into how such criminal enterprises are structured and how they get what they want. Egregor, estimated to cause $80 million in global losses before disappearing in February, showed little mercy for their victims even when the negotiator on the other side pleaded poverty or begged for their jobs. But the Egregor chat room negotiators also gave a snapshot into some of its internal operations, referencing a finance department, a "decryption tools master-maker" and more via documents obtained by IBM Security X-Force and Cylera. Tim Starks has the scoop.

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Pressure for the FTC to take on ransomware heats up

Florida Rep. Gus Bilirakis, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Consumer Protection Subcommittee, filed legislation Tuesday that would require the Federal Trade Commission to report the number of ransomware and cyberattack-related complaints it receives, and how it cooperated with international law enforcement to respond to those issues. Until now, its international cooperation has largely focused on consumer protection efforts against call fraud and online scams. The new legislation could tilt those resources more heavily towards ransomware. Tonya Riley has more.

'Zut alors,' France says of Chinese espionage campaign

Chinese government hackers known as APT31 are waging a "large" cyber reconnaissance campaign against organizations in France, according to the French National Agency for the Security of Information Systems. Also known as ANSSI, the agency said the hackers were making use of compromised routers. Among the most prominent past alleged APT31 targets is the 2020 presidential campaign of then-contender Joe Biden. Tim has this one, too.

A new one to watch for

Officials in Geneva, Ohio, revealed that the small city was the victim of a breach involving a new and little-known form of ransomware. The disclosure came after files taken from the city’s servers appeared on a leak site operated by a ransomware outfit known as AvosLocker, which began publishing data stolen from its targets in early June. Allan Liska, an analyst at Recorded Future, said AvosLocker is “really new and have mostly hit relatively small targets so far.” StateScoop's Benjamin Freed writes.

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