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Eleven years for a convicted money launderer in a case that illuminates foreign hackers' org structure. U.S. investigators used vape receipts to nab a scammer. And unpacking mobile voting technology. This is CyberScoop for September 9, 2021.

Money launderer connected to North Korea is sentenced to 11 years

A U.S. court sentenced a Canadian man to 11 years in prison for his role in a global hacking and money laundering scheme allegedly spearheaded by North Korean cybercriminals. Ghaleb Alaumary, a 36-year-old Ontario native, was sentenced Wednesday to 140 months in federal prison and to pay more than $30 million in restitution after pleading guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit money laundering. The defendant’s role involved providing bank accounts into which North Korean hackers could funnel stolen currency, and then recruiting individuals to withdraw cash from ATMs around the world. The millions of dollars came from sources including the 2019 theft of a Maltese bank, a 2018 fraud from Pakistan’s BankIslami, as well as a professional soccer team based in the U.K. Jeff Stone looks closer.

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IRS used vape store receipts to gather evidence

U.S. law enforcement officials gathered details about a suspected cybercriminal by collecting intelligence from his apparent messages to vape shops in Ukraine. The accused scammer, Glib Oleksandr Ivanov-Tolpintsev, was arraigned Tuesday during an 11-minute hearing in which he appeared virtually from the Pinellas County Jail near Tampa, Fla. Ivanov-Tolpintsev is accused of accessing victims’ username and password credentials between 2016 and 2020, then acting as a seller on a cybercriminal forum where he sold the sensitive data and leased access to a botnet, an army of hacked computers capable of sending spam or infecting more computers. Jeff has the court records.

UC Berkeley group to study future of mobile voting

With the acknowledgment that mobile voting is gradually becoming more common across U.S. elections, a think tank at the University of California, Berkeley announced Wednesday it’s assembling a group of cybersecurity experts and former election officials to study the controversial practice and develop guidelines for future use. The working group will be based out of Berkeley’s Center for Security in Policy, which will spend the next 12 to 18 months analyzing historical uses of internet-connected voting — including in several recent election cycles — and the feasibility of new technical standards that could offer greater layers of trust and security. Benjamin Freed has the StateScoop story.

Federal zero-trust strategy needs more deadlines say tech officials

The Office of Management and Budget’s draft federal zero-trust strategy needs more deadlines on required actions to help agencies prioritize them, according to tech officials. Deadlines give chief information security officers (CISOs) something to point to during discussions with agency leadership over which zero-trust security goals to fund during the budgeting process. Currently the draft strategy simply requires agencies to complete its identity, device, network, application and data actions by the end of fiscal 2024 — a broad deadline that doesn’t offer guidance on how to prioritize them individually. Dave Nyczepir has the latest.

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