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#deepweb | Dark Web Fentanyl trafficker, ‘The Drug Llama,’ sentenced to 13 years in federal prison

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

ST. LOUIS -Melissa Scanlan, known as ‘The Drug Llama,’ has been sentenced to 160 months in federal prison in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois for trafficking fentanyl throughout the United States via the ‘dark web,’ engaging in an international money laundering conspiracy, and distributing fentanyl that results in death.

This case was part of a months-long, coordinated national operation involving the Drug Enforcement Administration St. Louis Division, the Food and Drug Administration – Office of Criminal Investigations, the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Department of Homeland Security, United States Customs and Border Protection, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Illinois.

‘With accessibility of fentanyl, it is imperative that the Drug Enforcement Administration and its law enforcement partners exploit all distribution avenues utilized by drug traffickers in Scanlan’s case,’ said DEA St. Louis Division Special Agent in Charge William J. Callahan. ‘Scanlan distributed poison in our community that resulted in death and she is now being held accountable.’

The crimes for which Scanlan was sentenced are as follows: one count of conspiracy to distribute fentanyl, five counts of distributing fentanyl, one count of selling counterfeit drugs, one count of misbranding drugs, one count of conspiracy to commit international money laundering, and one count of distribution of fentanyl resulting in death. The 32-year old San Diego native pleaded guilty to those charges in October 2019. Scanlan’s co-conspirator, Brandon Arias, 34, was previously sentenced to nine years in federal prison for his role in the conspiracy.

Facts disclosed in open court revealed that Scanlan and Arias created an account on ‘Dream Market,’ a dark web marketplace where users buy and sell illegal substances and services, and used that account to sell substantial quantities of narcotics while operating under the moniker, ‘The Drug Llama.’ The charged fentanyl distribution conspiracy lasted from October 2016 to August 2018, during which time Scanlan sold approximately 52,000 fentanyl pills throughout the United States.

According to court records, Scanlan and Arias made over $100,000 from their dark web drug trafficking and split the money evenly. Court records also demonstrated Scanlan’s participation in an international money laundering conspiracy with Mexican cartel members, as well as her role in aiding and abetting the distribution of fentanyl pills to a woman identified as A.W., who later died.

Commenting on the case, U.S. Attorney Steven D. Weinhoeft assailed the culture of criminality that exists on the dark web.

‘Criminals like Melissa Scanlan who recklessly flood our communities with opioids may think they can evade detection in the shadowy corners and back alleys of the internet,’ said U.S. Attorney Weinhoeft. ‘But they will find no quarter there. Where they go, we will follow. With the collaboration of outstanding investigators at our partner agencies, we will use every tool and method available to find these people and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.’

‘Illicit opioid distribution, whether online or through conventional drug distribution methods, and the resulting overdoses and deaths, are a continuing national crisis. Those who contribute to that crisis through their illegal actions will be brought to justice,’ said Special Agent in Charge Charles L. Grinstead, FDA Office of Criminal Investigations Kansas City Field Office. ‘We are fully committed to disrupting and dismantling illegal prescription drug distribution networks that misuse the internet at the expense of public health and safety.’

The dark web is an underground computer network that is unreachable by traditional search engines and web browsers, creating a seeming anonymity to users. This false cloak has led to a proliferation of criminal activity on dark web marketplaces, like the one used by Scanlan and Arias.



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#cybersecurity | #hackerspace | 3 Cyberthreats Facing Federal and State Governments in 2020

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Despite growing awareness around cyberthreats, organizations will continue to face the consequences of inadequate network protection.  Bad actors do not discriminate. Organizations across all sectors are at risk — corporations, non-profits, and increasingly, federal and state government entities.  The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#nationalcybersecuritymonth | High-profile departures widen federal government’s security talent shortage

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Respected and influential government cybersecurity veteran Jeanette Manfra announced this month that she is leaving her position at DHS to join Google as its global director of security and compliance as part of a new security team at Google Cloud. At Google, Manfra, who currently holds the title of Assistant Director for Cybersecurity for the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications at DHS’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, will spearhead an “Office of the CISO” initiative at Google Cloud to help customers improve their security postures.

Manfra’s departure is just the latest in a string of high-profile departures from the ranks of well-regarded cybersecurity experts from the federal government. Google recruited at least two other prominent government cybersecurity officials to join its ranks. Kate Charlet, who served as acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Cyber Policy at the Department of Defense, left in 2017 and is now Director of Data Governance at Google.  Daniel Pietro, who was Director for Cybersecurity Policy on the staff of the National Security Council, left his role in 2017 to work at Google as an executive for Public Sector Cloud at Google.

In 2018, the Trump administration eliminated the top White House cybersecurity role when then-national security advisor John Bolton cut the cybersecurity coordinator role at the National Security Council prompting, Rob Joyce, the first coordinator, to return to the NSA. Tom Bossert, another highly regarded cybersecurity official, left his position as White House Cybersecurity Advisor, reportedly pushed out by Bolton.

Joe Schatz resigned as White House CISO in August 2019 to join technology consulting firm TechCentrics.  In October 2019, Dimitrios Vastakis, Branch Chief of the White House Computer Network Defense and staff member of Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (OCISO) at the White House released a scathing resignation memo saying that OCISO staff are “systematically being targeted for removal from the Office of the Administration (OA) through various means.”

Brain drain hampers security efforts

Vastakis said in the last paragraph of that memo that given the turmoil among cybersecurity personnel in the White House “I foresee the White House is posturing itself to be electronically compromised once again” in a reference to a 2014 breach of White House systems by Russia. “Allowing for a large portion of institutional knowledge to concurrently walk right out the front door seems contrary to the best interests of the mission and the organization as a whole.”

As the number of departures from the administration’s ranks suggest, a lot of institutional cybersecurity knowledge has walked out the government’s front door. Manfra’s impending departure sparked concerns among cybersecurity professionals as just the latest evidence that the ranks of much-needed information security professionals across the government are growing perilously small.

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Pressure mounts for federal privacy law with second bill – Naked Security

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans Pressure is gathering for a federal privacy law in the US with the introduction of a second bill that would protect consumer data. The Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act from Washington Senator Maria Cantwell not only outlines strict privacy and security rules, but also establishes a […] View full post on AmIHackerProof.com

#nationalcybersecuritymonth | MeriTalk Recognizes Federal Cyber Defenders at CDM Central and Cyber Smoke – MeriTalk

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

When cybersecurity works at its best, you barely know anything about it. Because highly secure and efficient networks rarely create their own reasons to make the news.

DHS’ CDM program is helping agencies locate which direction cybercriminals and attackers are headed. Learn More

The same goes for the many thousands of dedicated security professionals across government and industry who work hard – often in the background and mostly unheralded – to guard networks against a stunning array of threats from sophisticated nation-state attackers all the way down to common thieves.

As part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, MeriTalk will shine a light on the often unsung stalwarts who defend the networks on which we all depend.

MeriTalk, a public-private partnership dedicated to improving the outcomes of government information technology, is recognizing cyber defenders across industry and government who have been judged by the community to have made a significant contribution to the state of cyber security.

We will recognize these cyber defenders across our programs and platforms during the month of October – including the CDM Central conference and CDM Cyber Smoke networking program on October 10th – and in our daily news coverage at meritalk.com.

We are proud to recognize these Cyber Defenders during the 2019 National Cyber Security Awareness Month. We salute you, and thank you for your service.

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Canada to #Devote $1 #Billion of Federal #Budget to #Fighting #Cybercrime

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NEXT-GENERATION CYBER-PROFESSIONALS
The Canadian government will release details of its federal budget this coming week, and local news outlets are reporting it will include a $1 billion cybersecurity fund. According to CBC News, federal government agencies requested for the funding to bolster Canada’s cybersecurity infrastructure, as multiple departments are facing growing cybercrime issues.

A bulk of the funding will be a much-needed supplement to Canada’s 2010 National Cyber Security Strategy — although the revised plan would not be included in the budget. The revised plan is expected to come out later this year from Public Safety Canada.

The proposed budget would finance a number of efforts to combat cybercrime in the country, which could include training the next-generation of so-called cyber-professionals and encouraging them to apply their craft in Canada. The money would also likely be used to strengthen military’s cybersecurity capabilities by outsourcing the expertise needed from local private companies. The idea is to keep the pool of cyber-security warriors trained in and working for Canada.

A TIMELY DECISION
Many experts also see the budget translating to funding cyber “co-development” projects between the government and the private sector. Cybersecurity in Canada would be provided for by Canadian information and technology companies, which in turn would work with the federal government to develop both hardware and software solutions.

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Microsoft #adds #voice to #calls for #federal #cybersecurity #agency

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Software giant Microsoft has added its voice to a growing chorus calling for the creation of a federal cybersecurity agency to coordinate the U.S. government’s response to nation-state and cyber criminal threats.

In a blog post on Monday, Microsoft’s Senior Director of Trustworthy Computing, Paul Nicholas, called on the U.S. and other nations to replace ad-hoc efforts to address cyber threats by creating a “single national cybersecurity agency” that will pull together key government functions related to information security and “ensure policies are prioritized across the nation.”

The recommendation, which Microsoft described in a whitepaper (PDF), comes amid increasing concern that events are overtaking governments, leaving the world vulnerable to catastrophes that may have their origins in activities that take place on the Internet. Speaking in Lisbon, Portugal on Monday, U.N. Secretary Antonio Guterres called for the creation of global rules that minimize the impact of electronic warfare on civilian populations.

“Episodes of cyber warfare between states already exist. What is worse is that there is no regulatory scheme for that type of warfare, it is not clear how the Geneva Convention or international humanitarian law applies to it,” Guterres said in the speech, which was given at the University of Lisbon, Reuters reported.

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Rep. Hurd #champions #modernizing federal #cybersecurity

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The federal government is and will continue to be a target of cyber crimes. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, U.S. companies and government agencies suffered a total of 1,093 data breaches in 2016. Mid-year numbers for 2017 show 791 incidents as of the end of June — a 29 percent increase over the same period in 2016. With that said, is the government doing enough to prepare for cyber threats?

On this episode of CyberChat, host Sean Kelley, former Environmental Protection Agency chief information security officer and former Veterans Affairs Department deputy chief information officer, spoke with Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas) about initiatives to modernize the federal cybersecurity space.

Hurd serves the 23rd District of Texas and also serves on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Homeland Security Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

As the pioneer and champion of the Modernizing Government Technology Act, Hurd understands the government has countless challenges when it comes to cybersecurity. But with the MGT Act, he believes those challenges will decrease drastically by allowing agencies to put money in working capital funds to feed modernizing efforts. “A handful of agencies are already poised to be able to take advantage of this,” Hurd said.

If passed into law, the MGT Act would allow the integration of oversight of the working capital funds into the FITARA scorecards, which has been fully supported by the GAO.

Hurd believes equipping future generations with the right technical tools will greatly enhance abilities to fight future threats. The Cyber National Guard is one example. “If a high school student is interested in getting some type of degree related to cybersecurity, we’re going to try to find federal dollars for that. And if you take some federal dollars to go to school then when you graduate, you’re going to come work in the federal government for that same length of time,” Hurd said.

The Cyber Proving grounds is another example through which the private sector helps the federal sector by developing and proposing 30-, 60- and 90-day cyber solutions. “Being able to be nimble with having the private sector help us solve some problems that we’re dealing with in the federal government, is going to be a way to improve our cooperation,” Hurd said.

Quantum computing will be another big deal for the cyber world. “There’s a reason that other countries are hoarding encrypted data that’s basically gibberish now with the expectation that once they achieve quantum computing, they will be able to understand older secrets,” Hurd said.

The government should also be preparing for what Hurd called “Y2Q (Years to Quantum)” by developing partnerships. “We should be working with our allies on making sure that we develop [quantum computing], we get there first because it is it is it is going to be a game-changer. Now it’s not only just a threat, but an opportunity because it’s going to cause encryption to be turned on its head,” Hurd said.

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Man pleads guilty to federal charges of having child porn at his Boise home

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How federal government departments are protecting Australians’ data against cyber hack

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How federal government departments are protecting Australians’ data against cyber hack

The federal government has conceded it can’t be certain public service departments are secure against major hacking attacks, as Malcolm Turnbull’s senior cyber adviser suggested Australia might have dodged the latest international crisis because it fell during the weekend. At least eight Australian businesses have been infected by the bug crippling some systems in Britain, Europe and the US, with …

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