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A report looks at domain registrars' stewardship. RSOCKS takes a hit. And federal contractor cyber disclosure mandates are a year or two away. This is CyberScoop for June 21.

Another kind of suspicious domain

Domain registrars like GoDaddy and Google are selling domains with phrases like “buy illegal assault weapons” and “dangerous malware for sale” in their URLs, researchers at the Digital Citizens Alliance reported Tuesday. While cybersecurity experts tell CyberScoop it’s difficult to draw a stronger correlation between the names and online malicious activities, online safety advocates say that companies need to do more diligence around selling domains that could be used for criminal activity or online scams. Tonya Riley reports.

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International law enforcement disrupts RSOCKS botnet

Last week federal prosecutors in the Southern District of California announced an international law enforcement action that disrupted a botnet capable of marshaling hundreds of thousands of internet-connected devices toward malicious ends. The botnet, known as RSOCKS, relied at least partially on hosting infrastructure provided by a Florida company, Vultr, the federal government alleged in a search warrant unsealed last week. The prosecutors also said that the list of international victims included many in the U.S., including an unnamed university, hotel, television studio, an electronics manufacturer, home businesses and individuals. AJ Vicens explains.

FAR updates ... far away

Updates to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) that will standardize requirements for federal contractors to disclose cyber incidents will be implemented within the next year or two, according to federal Chief Information Security Officer Chris DeRusha. “It seems like a pretty logical thing to do,” DeRusha said Friday, commenting on the requirements, “But, frankly, it’s not something we’d done to date.” Already the Office of Management and Budget submitted two proposals to the FAR Council to eliminate specific contract clauses harming information sharing while including others identified as best practices through a data call. Dave Nyczepir has the story at FedScoop.

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