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A college student notched some wins against ransomware attackers. German researchers found some big AirDrop bugs. And Twitter raised some phishing fears with some accidental emails. This is CyberScoop for April 23, 2021.

The ransomware hero we don’t deserve

Sometimes the good guys win. Stanford student and white-hat hacker Jack Cable got a call Wednesday from a family friend in distress. Their computer had been locked by ransomware and they were preparing to cough up $550 for data recovery. Not so fast, Cable said. Fifty liberated computers later, the scammers figured out that Cable had outsmarted them. Sean Lyngaas has more.

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Dropping the ball on AirDrop

AirDrop is so popular we take it for granted. An estimated 1.5 billion Apple devices use it to share files. But university researchers in Germany have revealed two critical bugs in the AirDrop feature that attackers could use to expose contact details of AirDrop users. The concern is the snooping could enable other malicious activity, such as spearphishing. Apple apparently hasn’t fixed the bugs. Sean has more.

Twitter sparks false alarm about phishing attacks

Twitter sent accidental messages to some users asking them to confirm their emails, triggering fears that they were targets of phishing attacks. The company clarified the mistake late Thursday evening. There may have been some good news out of the incident, however: Users demonstrated caution about clicking on the email link, suggesting a little bit of digital savvy. Tim Starks reports.

A health-related lawsuit over that Blackbaud drama

Two brothers in Maine have sued a state health care provider, Northern Light Health, for allegedly sharing their information without their consent. Northern Light Health is accused of providing patients’ personal data to Blackbaud, an IT firm struck by a devastating ransomware attack earlier this year. The plaintiffs say Northern Light Health failed to encrypt their information, and say they are vulnerable to identity theft as a result of the disclosure and ensuring data breach. The Bangor Daily News broke it down.

The latest about that big FIN7 sentence

An attorney for Fedir Hladyr, the convicted hacker sentenced last week to a decade in prison, predicted that the Ukrainian national would walk free within five years. A U.S. judge had sentenced Hladyr to 10 years for his role in the FIN7 cybercrime organization, an expert fraud scheme that prosecutors have blamed for stealing billions of dollars from retailers, food chains and other businesses in the U.S. and abroad. With time served and good behavior, though, attorney Arkady Bukh suggested Hladyr will be home soon. “He didn’t know what he was doing at the beginning, then learned it was hacking and kept going,” Bukh said of his client. Sean covered the story before.

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