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Two members of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission push Congress and the White House to act on maritime security. Google catches a Russian hacking campaign. And the latest ransomware gang hunting medical facilities. This is CyberScoop for October 8, 2021.

A rising tide lifts all boats in maritime cybersecurity

The world watched in March as the container ship Ever Given clumsily blocked a major artery in the global supply chain – leading to a six-day blockage of the world’s most important shipping corridor, the Suez Canal. The disruption held up an estimated $9 billion of trade per day. Today, the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach are experiencing disruptions leading to a record number of ships waiting off the coast of California. These disruptions have permeated throughout the supply chains for goods that Americans rely on from computers and chips to cars and clothing. The lesson is clear: The maritime industry is full of chokepoints which, if manipulated, can cause cascading economic impacts that affect Americans. That's according to Sen. Angus King and Rep. Michael Gallagher, who penned a new editorial urging the federal government to safeguard the maritime industry in cyberspace. Read it here.

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Spam filters stop a spate of Russian espionage

Russian hackers targeted approximately 14,000 Gmail users in September, according to Google’s Threat Analysis Group. While 100% of the emails were blocked as spam, Google TAG director Shane Huntley characterized the batch as “above average." You might remember the group behind the campaign, Fancy Bear, as the culprits who hacked Democrats ahead of the 2016 election. Tonya Riley has more.

Meet FIN12, the latest ransomware gang on the block

Mandiant on Thursday named a ransomware group it's been tracking: FIN12. It stands out from the rest by its relentless attacks on hospitals during a time when other gangs have vowed to stay away from them, and for how quickly it moves due to eschewing "double extortion," where gangs both lock up networks and threaten to publish data sans payment. It mainly goes after the health care sector and companies with $300 million or more in revenues. And it's kept investigators busy in the past year: Mandiant said FIN12 accounts for 20% of the ransomware incidents it's responded to over that time, with the next highest at just 5%. Tim Starks profiles the group.

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