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The federal government's cyber outfit is warning about a big issue in Microsoft cloud technology. A close look at how the Taliban has adapted to the world of information warfare. And if no one notices a crypto hack, did it even happen? This is CyberScoop for August 31, 2021.

CISA has a warning about the cloud

The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is urging Microsoft cloud customers to reset their security keys in light of a recent vulnerability that may have exposed customer data. Microsoft said there is no evidence outsiders accessed any information inappropriately, but researchers who found the issue warn that it could have affected users dating back two years. Tonya Riley has the update.

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Understanding the Taliban's evolution online

Disinformation specialists are preparing for an influx of false narratives focused on Afghanistan in the coming months, immediately following the U.S. military's exit. A new Atlantic Council retrospective provides valuable background on how the Taliban accelerated its own information warfare efforts, including a discussion of how militant leaders adopted Twitter in a way that the Afghan government proved incapable. "In 2021, this is a war that the Taliban is prepared to fight," writes Emerson Brooking. Read it here.

A Bumble stumble

Bumble patched a vulnerability that would have allowed a hacker to extract a user’s exact location using a relatively complex system. The vulnerability, discovered by researcher Robert Heaton, is reminiscent of similar privacy challenges faced by other dating apps in the past, such as Tinder. Bumble confirmed that the vulnerability wasn’t used prior to discovery. Read the research here.

$25 million vanishes after another crypto hack

A blockchain-based financial service known as Cream Finance reported Monday that a hacker had exploited a vulnerability in its technical infrastructure to steal the equivalent of more than $25 million. The point of vulnerability was a tool known as an AMP token, CoinDesk reported. Cream Finance lost $37 million in a similar incident earlier this year. Here's the news.

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