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The U.S. and its allies are sounding the alarm about threats to managed service providers. A top lawmaker doesn't like a White House move on cyber ops. And a Texas man is going to prison for stealing compromised PayPal accounts. This is CyberScoop for May 12.

Western cybersecurity authorities warn of attacks on MSPs

Cybersecurity authorities from the major Western governments warned managed service providers (MSPs) and their customers of the increasing threat from state-sponsored hacking groups in a notice issued Wednesday. MSPs provide IT services for many businesses and governments of all sizes, and have varying levels of access to their clients' networks, and the clients trust the MSPs to handle security properly. Attackers exploit that trust relationship, the notice warned, as a means to get access to networks to then carry out follow-on activity such as ransomware or espionage. AJ Vicens reports.

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Legislator: Plans to dial back DOD cyber authorities poses national security risk

Cyberspace Solarium Commission Co-Chair Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisc., said he is alarmed by plans the Biden White House has to give the State Department more ability to weigh in on when and whether to notify third-party countries about U.S. Cyber Command cyber ops which may take place inside their borders. Gallagher said he is concerned because adversary cyber operations are happening at an "extraordinary speed that challenges our ability to defend ourselves.” State Department and Obama White House alumni assert that it was necessary to bring State back into the cyber operations decision-making process. Suzanne Smalley writes.

Texas men sentenced for stealing 38K compromised PayPal account credentials

The Justice Department announced Wednesday that a Texas man who stole 38,000 compromised PayPal account credentials will spend five years in prison and pay $1.4 million in restitution. Marcos Ponce, 37, of Austin pleaded guilty to stealing the credentials and then using social engineering tactics to trick additional victims into sending money to the compromised accounts. The scam began in November 2015 or earlier, prosecutors said, and continued until November 2018. Suzanne has this one, too.

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