March 28, 2023

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Short Takes – 1-30-23

FBI Disrupts ‘Hive’
Ransomware Group
. article. “In an operation that began in the summer in Tampa, Fla., Federal
Bureau of Investigation agents infiltrated Hive’s network and used the access
to identify victims and provide them keys with which to take back control of
their networks, officials said. The effort blocked some $130 million in
demanded ransoms, department officials said.”

Who would work for
Rep. Santos? Capitol Hill is watching closely
. article. Another side of the Santos’ story. Pull quote: “Even as he has had to
answer — or not answer — those myriad questions, Santos has been assembling a
staff for his Washington and district offices, the No. 1 priority for
first-term representatives. That means interviewing job candidates, vetting
résumés, running background checks and finding people willing to work for a
member who appears allergic to truth-telling.”

‘Flying with one
engine’: why global food supplies are at risk despite falling crop prices
. article. Pull quote: “Last year’s Black Sea grain deal between Moscow and Kyiv
played a crucial role in subduing prices, along with plentiful supplies from
Russia, while lower natural gas prices have calmed fertiliser markets. However,
analysts warn the grain deal could unravel, while volatile energy prices and
climate change also threaten to undermine crop production.”

What three hard-line
conservatives plan to do with their seats on the Rules Committee
. article. Pull quote: ““We just need to make sure that we’re applying the rules,
the germaneness rules, the, you know, single-subject rules, and then figure out
how that’s all gonna get down to the floor under the right rules. Is it going
to be a structured rule, an open rule?” Roy said.”

Companies Say Suppliers Pose a Growing Cyber Threat
. article. Pull quote: “During her tenure at Rockwell, she said, manufacturing
companies struck by ransomware would be unable to produce parts Rockwell needed
to build its products, sometimes for weeks or months at a time.”