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A hacker claims to have accessed data about a large portion of T-Mobile customers. A Microsoft software flaw proved to be valuable for ransomware hackers. And the latest about Colonial Pipeline. This is CyberScoop for August 16, 2021.

T-Mobile investigates potentially massive breach of consumer data

T-Mobile is investigating claims by a hacker that they have put sensitive information about more than 100 million of the company’s customers up for sale after breaching its servers. The data set includes names, Social Security numbers, addresses, phone numbers and driver’s license information, Motherboard first reported. The sales ad asks for six bitcoin, which is roughly the equivalent to $278,781 as of Monday morning, in exchange for 30 million Social Security numbers and driver’s licenses from the data set. Tonya Riley looks closer.

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Microsoft's PrintNightmare vulnerability is turning into a dream for ransomware gangs. At least two different hacking groups have been exploiting the critical flaw in an effort to shake down organizations, and more groups could follow suit, researchers said last week. The situation mirrors that of the Microsoft Exchange Server exploitation in March, when extortionists were quick to pounce. Sean Lyngaas reports.

Colonial Pipeline discloses theft of personal data, too

Nearly 6,000 people are poised to receive letters from Colonial Pipeline explaining how their personal information was compromised in a May ransomware attack on the U.S. fuel provider. The company is telling recipients it "recently learned" that hackers, a group known as DarkSide, swiped documents containing data about 5,810 people, including names, contact details and health information. Read it here.

DHS is getting proactive on cyber compliance

The Department of Homeland Security has launched a “pathfinder assessment” to examine whether it should implement a new contractor cyber compliance program similar to the Department of Defense’s Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). DHS officials have previously expressed their interest in possibly implementing a similar program to improve the protection of sensitive information stored on contractor networks. CMMC mandates DOD contractors verify their compliance with one of five tiers of a compliance regime, instead of simply self-reporting their adherence to requirements. Jackson Barnett covered the news at FedScoop.

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