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Russia might be backing off from its REvil case. The FBI warns universities about credentials circulating on Russian forums. And the Air Force gets a new cyber leader. This is CyberScoop for May 31.

REvil cases dead, Russian lawyer says

The Russian government's prosecution of the suspects arrested in January, accused for various roles related to the REvil ransomware gang, is effectively dead, a Russian lawyer told Russian media late last week. The lawyer claimed that a lack of U.S. government sharing of specific data — which ceased when Russia attacked Ukraine Feb. 24 —  makes it impossible to move forward. The lawyer says a senior Russian government official has been approached about letting the suspects go and asking them to hack Russia's enemies, but no word on the Russian government's next move. AJ Vicens has more.

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FBI warns colleges VPN credentials circulating on Russian forums

Network credentials and VPN logins from numerous U.S. colleges and universities are widely available for sale on cybercriminal forums operating out of Russia, according to an FBI alert issued last week. The alert read that a “multitude” of U.S. schools were featured on these sites as of January, with malicious actors selling directories of stolen credentials for hundreds or thousands of dollars. Credential harvesting is often a byproduct of ransomware, spearphishing or another attack, the FBI said, laying the groundwork for identity theft or future cyberattacks. “As of January 2022, Russian cyber criminal forums offered for sale or posted for public access the network credentials and virtual private network accesses to a multitude of identified US-based universities and colleges across the country, some of which included screenshots as proof of access,” the alert reads. Check out the news from Benjamin Freed at EdScoop.

Air Force chooses new leader for ISR, cyber effects

Maj. Gen. Leah Lauderback was selected to be the next Air Force deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and cyber effects operations, the Pentagon announced last week. If her nomination is confirmed by the Senate, she will take over for Lt. Gen. Mary O’Brien, who was selected in April to be the Joint Staff CIO and head the Pentagon’s Joint All-Domain Command and Control effort. Lauderback, who will also pin on her third star, is currently serving as deputy chief of space operations for intelligence at Space Force headquarters. FedScoop's Mark Pomerleau has the story.

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