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Twitter has more insights into what happened Wednesday. DHS’s cyber wing issued an emergency patching order. And all it took was a lawsuit and half a billion dollars for Forescout's acquisition to go through. This is CyberScoop for Friday, July 17.

The latest on the big Twitter hack

Hackers who breached Twitter accounts belonging to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, rapper Kanye West and other high profile users had targeted roughly 130 accounts, only taking over a small number, the company said Thursday. While Twitter has since removed all of the tweets, the incident marked a major breach for the social media site, resulting in questions about its ability to safeguard accounts belonging to influential newsmakers. It’s also led to suggestions that the attackers would have had access to the direct messages of the users they breached, a level of visibility that could have exposed private messages sent on the site. Twitter said it was still investigating that question. Jeff Stone has the story.

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WhatsApp’s NSO case to move forward

A federal judge in California ruled that Facebook’s lawsuit alleging NSO Group technology was used to spy on thousands of WhatsApp users can move forward. The decision marks a blow for the Israeli software surveillance firm, which has vigorously denied the allegations and fought to get the suit thrown out of court. The judge threw cold water on several of NSO Group’s arguments, including its planned sovereign immunity defense, leaving open the possibility the firm would have to reveal information about its clients and their targets. Shannon Vavra has the breakdown.

CISA to agencies: Microsoft bug is not a drill

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency gave federal civilian agencies 24 hours to apply a patch or another mitigation to a severe vulnerability in Windows DNS instances. The order — just the third ever from the agency — was based on the “high potential for a compromise of agency information systems,” the agency said. CISA Director Chris Krebs said it was only a matter of time before an exploit would be available for the “wormable” flaw. Sean Lyngaas has more.

Forescout, Advent resolve dispute

San Jose, California-based Forescout announced it would drop litigation against Advent International, a private equity firm, as part of a revised acquisition agreement. Advent will purchase outstanding Forescout shares for $29 per share, down from the $33 per share it initially said it would pay when the two companies announced a proposed agreement in February. The final deal values Forescout at $1.43 billion, down from the initial price of $1.9 billion. The resolution comes after Boston-based Advent said in May it would hold up the acquisition over a “material adverse effect” that it had not anticipated when the two sides first struck a deal. Jeff has the play-by-play.

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