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The latest on the challenges of medical device security. Bahrain is reportedly hacking activists' iPhones. And a venture capital fund seeks to connect cyber companies to state and local government. This is CyberScoop for August 24, 2021.

An infusion of medical device vulnerabilities

McAfee researchers on Tuesday revealed multiple software vulnerabilities in infusion pumps made by B.Braun that a skilled hacker could use to alter medication doses to unsafe levels. It’s a classic example of why medical device security is hard: the industry is littered with outdated software. An FDA spokesperson told CyberScoop the agency would investigate the vulnerabilities to see if they warranted regulatory action. Sean Lyngaas is on the case.

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iOS spyware hits Bahraini activists

Government hackers used NSO Group surveillance technology to infiltrate the phones of nine Bahraini activists, according to a new report from Citizen Lab. The victims included a blogger, activist, members of political organization Waad and members of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights. Five of the targets identified by Citizen Lab, an internet watchdog from from the University of Toronto, were listed on a list of individuals obtained by Amnesty International as a part of its “Pegasus Project” investigation. The list is believed to comprise potential targets of NSO Group’s customers. Tonya Riley looks closer.

Cyber VC forms advisory group aimed at state and local markets

A Silicon Valley venture capital fund that’s invested in several major cybersecurity firms is launching an effort Tuesday aimed at connecting companies in its current portfolio with state and local government officials. The fund, NightDragon, said it’s assembled a “consortium” of public-policy advisers and lobbyists — in California, Texas, Florida and New York State, as well as New York City — who’ll pitch officials in those governments on emerging security and surveillance technologies, while helping NightDragon’s investments navigate the public sector. StateScoop's Benjamin Freed had a word with NightDragon.

Watchdog says USAID must improve data privacy protections

The inspector general of the U.S. Agency for International Development has called on the agency to improve how it handles personally identifiable information. In an audit, which was published earlier this month, the oversight body identified a range of failings, including the reliance on out-of-date data loss procedures and insufficient role-based privacy training. The IG also identified the unnecessary retention of Social Security Numbers and failure to implement controls related to third-party websites as areas for concern. And it found multiple instances of staff handling sensitive personal information without first having completed the required training. John Hewitt Jones has the story at FedScoop.

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