COVID-19 Exploited by Malicious Cyber Actors (California Highway Patrol)

Emma North-Best filed this request with the California Highway Patrol of California .
Multi Request COVID-19 Exploited by Malicious Cyber Actors
Est. Completion May 4, 2020
Status
No Responsive Documents

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From: Emma North-Best


To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the California Public Records Act, I hereby request the following records:

* Records mentioning, describing or generated in response to CISA Alert AA20-099A, FBI/IC3 Alert I-032020-PSA, or the CDC alert titled "COVID-19-Related Phone Scams and Phishing Attacks"
* Records mentioning, describing or generated in response to COVID-19 related phishing attempts, such as those described in the CDC alert, FBI/IC3 Alert I-032020-PSA and CISA Alert AA20-099A
* Records mentioning, describing or generated in response to fake CDC emails, such as those described in FBI/IC3 Alert I-032020-PSA
* Records mentioning, describing or generated in response to APT groups using the COVID-19 pandemic as part of their cyber operations, such as those described in CISA Alert AA20-099A
* Records mentioning, describing, or generated as part of or in response to the assessment that the above activities' "goals and targets are consistent with long-standing priorities such as espionage and “hack-and-leak” operations", as described in CISA Alert AA20-099A

I am a member of the news media and request classification as such. I have previously written about the government and its activities, with some reaching over 100,000 readers in outlets such as Gizmodo, MuckRock, Motherboard, Property of the People, Unicorn Riot, and The Outline, among others. As such, as I have a reasonable expectation of publication and my editorial and writing skills are well established. In addition, I discuss and comment on the files online and make them available through non-profits such as the library Internet Archive and the journalist non-profit MuckRock, disseminating them to a large audience. While my research is not limited to this, a great deal of it, including this, focuses on the activities and attitudes of the government itself. As such, it is not necessary for me to demonstrate the relevance of this particular subject in advance.

As my primary purpose is to inform about government activities by reporting on it and making the raw data available, I request that fees be waived.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 calendar days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Emma Best

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  • COVID-1920Exploited20by20Malicious20Cyber20Actors207C20CISA.pdf

  • COVID-19-Related20Phone20Scams20and20Phishing20Attacks207C20CDC20Online20Newsroom207.pdf

From: California Highway Patrol

The form is attached showing receipt of your CPRA request. Although the form has limited space, be assured that your request will be handled in its entirety.

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From: California Highway Patrol

Office of Community Outreach and Media Relations
P.O. Box 942898
Sacramento, CA 94298-0001
(916) 843-3310
(800) 735-2929 (TT/TDD)
(800) 735-2922 (Voice)

May 4, 2020

File No.: 013.A13673.A16501.2020-26

Ms. Emma Best
MuckRock
requests@muckrock.com

Dear Ms. Best:

The California Highway Patrol (CHP), Office of Community Outreach and Media Relations (COMR) received your California Public Records Act (CPRA) request, dated and received by this office on April 23, 2020.

In your request you asked for the following, verbatim:

* Records mentioning, describing or generated in response to CISA Alert AA20-099A, FBI/IC3 Alert I-032020-PSA, or the CDC alert titled "COVID-19-Related Phone Scams and Phishing Attacks"
* Records mentioning, describing or generated in response to COVID-19 related phishing attempts, such as those described in the CDC alert, FBI/IC3 Alert I-032020-PSA and CISA Alert AA20-099A
* Records mentioning, describing or generated in response to fake CDC emails, such as those described in FBI/IC3 Alert I-032020-PSA
* Records mentioning, describing or generated in response to APT groups using the COVID-19 pandemic as part of their cyber operations, such as those described in CISA Alert AA20-099A
* Records mentioning, describing, or generated as part of or in response to the assessment that the above activities' "goals and targets are consistent with long-standing priorities such as espionage and "hack-and-leak" operations", as described in CISA Alert AA20-099A

The Office of COMR is determining whether you seek copies of disclosable public records in the Department's possession. This will require personnel to search for and collect the requested records from offices that are separate from the office processing the request.

Additionally, COMR personnel must consult with another component of the Department that has a substantial subject matter interest therein. Accordingly, COMR is extending its 10-day response timeframe by an additional 14 days, as authorized by Government Code section 6253, Subdivisions (c)(1) and (c)(3).

If you have any questions or if you need additional information, please contact this office at (916) 843-3310.

Sincerely,

F. CLADER
Director of Communications

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From: California Highway Patrol

Office of Community Outreach and Media Relations
P.O. Box 942898
Sacramento, CA 94298-0001
(916) 843-3310
(800) 735-2929 (TT/TDD)
(800) 735-2922 (Voice)

May 11, 2020

File No.: 013.A13673.A16501.2020-26

Ms. Emma Best
MuckRock
requests@muckrock.com

Dear Ms. Best:

The California Highway Patrol (CHP), Office of Community Outreach and Media Relations (COMR) received your California Public Records Act (CPRA) request, dated and received by this office on April 23, 2020. On May 4, 2020, COMR informed you it was determining if you sought public records in its possession. This required personnel to search for requested records from facilities separate from the office processing the request and consult with another component of the Department having a substantial subject matter interest therein. Accordingly, COMR extended its initial response timeframe by an additional 14 days, as authorized by Government Code Section 6253(c)(1).

In your request you asked for the following, verbatim:

* Records mentioning, describing or generated in response to CISA Alert AA20-099A, FBI/IC3 Alert I-032020-PSA, or the CDC alert titled "COVID-19-Related Phone Scams and Phishing Attacks"
* Records mentioning, describing or generated in response to COVID-19 related phishing attempts, such as those described in the CDC alert, FBI/IC3 Alert I-032020-PSA and CISA Alert AA20-099A
* Records mentioning, describing or generated in response to fake CDC emails, such as those described in FBI/IC3 Alert I-032020-PSA
* Records mentioning, describing or generated in response to APT groups using the COVID-19 pandemic as part of their cyber operations, such as those described in CISA Alert AA20-099A
* Records mentioning, describing, or generated as part of or in response to the assessment that the above activities' "goals and targets are consistent with long-standing priorities such as espionage and "hack-and-leak" operations", as described in CISA Alert AA20-099A

After a diligent and thorough search, personnel assigned to COMR have determined the Department does not possess records responsive to your request.

If you have any questions or if you need additional information, please contact this office at (916) 843-3310.

Sincerely,

F. CLADER
Director of Communications

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