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An update in a closely watched hacking case. New details about a cyber alliance. And Microsoft makes an unsettling discovery. This is CyberScoop for September 28, 2021.

Convicted scammer is sent home to Russia

A convicted Russian scammer who was the focus of an international standoff was deported to his home country 14 months after receiving a long prison sentence in the U.S., Russian media reported. Officers from Russia’s Ministry of Internal Affairs detained Aleksei Burkov at Sheremetyevo Airport in Moscow following his deportation from the U.S., the state-owned media conglomerate RIA reported on Sept. 28. The move comes after an American court sentenced Burkov to nine years in a U.S. prison after he pleaded guilty to charges related to operating two illicit web forums that hackers used to trade stolen data and pool their resources. Israeli authorities initially arrested Burkov in November 2015, sparking a legal fight over extradition between Russia, Israel and the U.S. Kremlin officials spent years trying to convince an Israeli judge to send Burkov to Russia, where he reportedly faces separate charges. Jeff Stone is on the case.

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New international alliances emphasize cyber, dismay China

The chief executives from the U.S., Australia, India and Japan met in the White House last week in the first gathering of a group calling itself the Quad, where they committed to taking action on cybersecurity among other topics in the Indo-Pacific. It follows another group formed this month between the U.S., Australia and U.K. known as AUKUS, which also signaled that one of its focuses would be on cybersecurity. The Chinese government took both groups forming as an affront to its interests, and both are widely seen as intended counter to Beijing. Tim Starks wrote about it.

Microsoft warns of 'FoggyWeb' malware

The hacking group that Microsoft calls Nobelium is using a new backdoor that can steal data from sensitive systems via a compromised Active Directory tool, the company announced. Nobelium is the same group investigators have blamed for the SolarWinds cyber-espionage campaign in which alleged Russian snoops infiltrated nine federal agencies. Now, the same outfit is using a malware strain called FoggyWeb to steal credentials. It's an update to watch. The blog is here.

NIST to begin publishing Cybersecurity Practice Guide in 2022

The National Institute of Standards and Technology plans to publish various volumes of its forthcoming Cybersecurity Practice Guide throughout 2022 and beyond. A description of the practical steps needed to implement the cyber reference designs for zero-trust security, the guide will be the end result of NIST’s Implementing a Zero Trust Architecture Project. NIST’s Cybersecurity Center of Excellence formed a Zero Trust Architecture Working Group in October, composed of 20 companies that are looking to build and document several builds, so it’s difficult to say when exactly the project will end, according to an agency spokesperson. Dave Nyczepir covers the news at FedScoop.

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