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U.S. Cyber Command urges American security personnel to get moving. Apple holds off on that controversial plan. And ProtonMail plays defense. This is CyberScoop for September 7, 2021.

The Pentagon responds to a major vulnerability in popular software

U.S. Cyber Command is warning American organizations that hackers are exploiting software flaws in a popular project management tool, an indication that attackers could be preparing for a larger campaign that creates headaches throughout the private sector. Cyber Command — the Defense Department’s cyber unit — said in a tweet Friday that “mass exploitation” of the issue “is ongoing and expected to accelerate.” The issue exists in Atlassian Confluence, an enterprise application marketed as a means of enabling remote work in corporate environments. Atlassian, an Australian corporation, warned clients on Aug. 25 to update their systems to the latest version of Confluence. Jeff Stone has the update.

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Apple delays CSAM scan plans

Apple has backed away for the time being on implementing child safety features that ran afoul of privacy advocates. The company announced Friday that it would delay U.S. plans to detect child sex abuse images as they're uploaded to iCloud Photos from iPhones, as well as a tool that would scan iMessage images sent and received by children to identify sexually explicit materials. Privacy advocates feared a slippery slope that would undermine end-to-end encryption. Apple was responding to pressure from child safety groups and governments to help crack down on child sex abuse materials, but also has advertised itself as the most privacy-friendly of tech giants. Tim Starks has the story.

Unpacking the ProtonMail drama

ProtonMail, the encrypted email service that’s built a reputation for safeguarding user data, said it had no choice but to provide details about an activist to French authorities, amid mounting questions about the privacy protections in the popular mail client. While the exact circumstances of the case remain murky, ProtonMail founder and CEO Andy Yen said in a series of tweets that the email firm was the subject of a legal order from a Swiss court. ProtonMail does not collect user IP addresses by default, Yen said, but “only if Proton gets a legal order for a specific account,” the company wrote in a Sept. 6 statement. Jeff looks closer.

California AG reminds hospitals to report cyberattacks

Citing “multiple unreported ransomware attacks” against health care facilities, California Attorney General Rob Bonta recently issued a memo reminding the state’s medical sector that it’s required to report data breaches and other cyber incidents to his office. The bulletin came at a time when COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are ticking up across the state as the delta variant continues its surge, and as the global health sector continues to face ongoing threats from ransomware actors seeking to take advantage of a health crisis. Benjamin Freed has the news at StateScoop.


Creating the right level of response for insider threats

With the growth of phishing attacks and compromised credentials, organizations need modern security tools to better identify insider threats, says security exec Tommy Todd. He shares how organizations are turning to more modern data loss prevention tools that help them gain visibility across the enterprise network and provide the right level of evidence to create the appropriate level of response. Watch the full interview with Todd.

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