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Clearview AI could be hit with a nearly $23 million fine. A ransomware gang that targets schools and hospitals tries to rebrand. And two community colleges shut down for a while to recover from cyberattacks. This is CyberScoop for November 30, 2021.

British regulators signal fines for Clearview AI

The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) is threatening a nearly $23 million fine against facial recognition giant Clearview AI, saying the firm allegedly violated the country's data protection laws. “I have significant concerns that personal data was processed in a way that nobody in the UK will have expected,” U.K. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said Monday. Clearview AI says it may appeal and that the ICO misunderstands its technology.   Tim Starks has the story.

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Extended Sabbath

Researchers at Mandiant say that Arcane, a ransomware group known for hitting hospitals and schools, has resurfaced under a new name: Sabbath. Mandiant was able to shut down some of the group's recruiting by flagging its infrastructure to the domain host. But it “is unfortunately not slowing down” in its attacks and has picked up the pace in November, Tyler McLellan, principal analyst at Mandiant, said in a statement. Tonya Riley reports.

Attacks keep two colleges closed after Thanksgiving

Butler County Community College in Pennsylvania and Lewis and Clark Community College in Illinois temporarily closed their campuses following Thanksgiving week to recover from cyberattacks. Information technology officials at both schools announced Nov. 24 on social media that they were experiencing service issues. The respective attacks are part of an overall rise in cyberthreats against higher education. Read more from Emily Bamforth at EdScoop.

DOD looks at introducing a new AI and data leader

The Department of Defense is considering whether to introduce a new chief data and artificial intelligence officer to oversee the management of innovation- and data-focused offices. The new role would take oversight of the Joint AI Center, the office of the chief data officer and the Defense Digital Service. The change would remove the offices from the remit of the deputy secretaries of defense, the CIO and secretary of Defense. Following the introduction of the new position, the subagencies would instead report to one official. The discussions are ongoing and no final decision has been made, according to two Defense officials. Jackson Barnett writes for FedScoop.


Education sees the highest ransomware recovery cost compared to other sectors

Security advisor John Shier shares findings from a new report that show wide gaps in security preparedness to defend against ransomware threats across the education sector. Because the ransomware attacks today use a blend of human tactics and automated technology elements, IT leaders need to factor those elements more strategically into their defenses. Read more from Shier.

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