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Unpacking the latest drama involving Anonymous. Facebook, amid a firestorm of criticism, releases a new policy. And hope for some old REvil victims. This is CyberScoop for September 17, 2021.

A quick breakdown on that Anonymous breach

Members of the umbrella hacking movement Anonymous say they leaked information about a range of fringe websites after breaching Epik, a web hosting provider and domain registrar service, marking the latest update in a generation of internet activism from the group. Anonymous claimed in a series of posts they have released 180 GB of information, amounting to “a decade’s worth of data” about Epik, which has made it possible for clients like Gab, Parler and the extremist site 8chan to remain online. Members of Anonymous also took action following the murder of George Floyd, to support WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, in the wake of the Islamic State group terrorist attacks in Paris and in a range of other international news events. Jeff Stone has the story.

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Facebook beefs up enforcement against real accounts causing harm

Facebook will use its playbook for taking down networks of inauthentic coordinated behavior to disrupt networks of real users coordinating to spread harm. The company determined earlier this year that the way real users relied on the site to coordinate “Stop the Steal” protests of the U.S. election result highlighted a problem in its policies for coordinated authentic behaviors. As a start, Facebook removed roughly 150 accounts and pages associated with Querdenken movement in Germany, a group that promotes the notion that government regulations around COVID-19 are a conspiracy to restrict citizens’ rights. Tonya Riley reports.

A REvil decryptor arrives as the gang reemerges

Bitdefender released a universal, free decryptor for victims of the REvil ransomware gang hit before July 13. It comes as REvil has shown signs of a rebirth, after disappearing following a couple big hits, against JBS and Kaseya. Bitdefender said it's conducting an investigation with an unnamed law enforcement partner, who developed the decryptor alongside the company. Both parties thought it best to release the decryptor now, Bitdefender said. Tim Starks has the info.

North Dakota IT audit to include review of election tech

The North Dakota State Auditor’s office this week launched an extensive review of many of the state’s IT assets, including the machines and electronic systems it uses to conduct elections. The process, State Auditor Joshua Gallion said, is designed to help the state government be “proactive in its defense against cyber threats.” The audit is part of IT assessments that North Dakota conducts every two years, costing about $450,000. The audit will be the first extensive review of voting equipment North Dakota acquired in 2019. StateScoop's Benjamin Freed digs in.

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