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A ransomware attack cripples Somerset County. Broadcom shells out big dollars for VMware. And a NATO nominee plans to emphasize cyber. This is CyberScoop for May 27. (Note: There will be no CyberScoop newsletter on Memorial Day, May 30. It will return May 31.)

Somerset County, N.J., downed by ransomware

Officials in Somerset County, New Jersey, this week had to set up temporary Gmail addresses to stay in touch with residents after a ransomware attack disabled the municipal email server and several other services. According to a county press release, county offices remain open and can be reached by phone but officials have also shut down network-linked computers while the attack is remedied. The type of malware used in the breach was not specified, but the incident makes Somerset County at least the 17th U.S. local government to be impacted by ransomware this year, according to the antivirus firm Emsisoft. The attack, which StateScoop reported was detected Tuesday, prompted the Somerset Board of County Commissioners to postpone its meeting that evening until next Tuesday, when it will address the incident and the ensuing response. Read more from Benjamin Freed.

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Broadcom to acquire VMware for $61B

The semiconductor and infrastructure software company Broadcom said Thursday that it is acquiring the enterprise software firm VMware for $61 billion in cash and stock. VMware led the global virtualization infrastructure software market in 2021, according to Gartner. Both firms offer cybersecurity services and Broadcom bought Symantec’s enterprise security business for almost $11 billion in 2020. The new company will operate as VMware, assuming regulators allow the deal to proceed. Broadcom’s last major acquisition — an attempted purchase of the software company Qualcomm — was blocked by the Trump administration. Suzanne Smalley has the news.

CISA gives agencies tool to securely embrace 5G technologies

The U.S. government’s cybersecurity agency issued a new five-step evaluation process Thursday to assist other agencies as they look to securely adopt 5G technologies. With the “5G Security Evaluation Process,” the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency wants to give federal agencies a blueprint on how to begin and navigate the risk management process as they authorize 5G systems. CISA teamed up with the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate and the Pentagon’s Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering to conduct the study and issue the evaluation process. Billy Mitchell reports at FedScoop.

General tapped for NATO supreme command vows to prioritize cyber, information ops

President Biden’s nominee to be the head of U.S. European Command and NATO’s next supreme allied commander in Europe intends to prioritize cyber capabilities and information operations if he’s confirmed by the Senate. NATO has enhanced its ability to detect, deter and respond to cyberattacks, Gen. Christopher Cavoli told lawmakers Thursday. But more effort is needed. “Clearly, just like for all of our countries individually, there’s much work to be done for the entire Alliance collectively on this,” he said during his confirmation hearing with the Senate Armed Services Committee. “If I’m confirmed, it will be one of the things I turn my attention to first.” NATO has taken a number of steps in recent years to strengthen its posture, including establishing a Cyberspace Operations Center to coordinate and synchronize cyberspace ops, and a Computer Incident Response Capability Centre to prevent, detect, respond and recover from cyber incidents. FedScoop's Jon Harper writes.

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