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Issue #61 - September 4, 2023

Easterly: CISA wrapping up cyber incident reporting rule

Source: The Record

The head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said Wednesday that the organization is “finishing” the long-awaited cyber incident reporting requirement for critical infrastructure companies. “That should be out later this year or early next year,” CISA Director Jen Easterly said during the Billington Cybersecurity Summit in Washington, D.C.




Cybercrime Tremors: Experts Forecast Qakbot Resurgence

Source: Data Breach Today

The pernicious, multifunction malware fell quiet last week thanks to Operation "Duck Hunt," an international crackdown spearheaded by the FBI. Cue the malicious code being plucked out of 700,000 infected systems, which authorities forcibly disconnected from the Qakbot botnet. The FBI also seized 52 servers and $8.6 million in stolen cryptocurrency, which it pledged to restore to victims.




HSHS says system outage caused by cyberattack

Source: NPR Illinois

Hospital Sisters Health System President and CEO Damond Boatwright, in an online video posted Friday night, confirmed the outage that brought down internal systems, including communications, was the result of a "cybersecurity incident.” “Trust and transparency are foundational to HSHS and how we provide care and our ministries," Boatwright said as he provided limited details.




Just Kids Dental Says Nearly 130K People Affected by Attack

Source: Data Breach Today

An Alabama pediatric dental practice is notifying nearly 130,000 individuals that their sensitive information was compromised in a recent cyberattack. The entity appears to have potentially paid a ransom in exchange for a promise by hackers to destroy breached data without disclosing it.




Experts Urge Immediate Juniper Firewall and Switch Patching

Source: Data Breach Today

Attackers are actively attempting to chain vulnerabilities for remote code execution. Security experts are warning organizations with Juniper Networks devices to update them immediately to patch a collection of bugs attackers have been attempting to exploit.



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