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An FTC ruling looks favorable for security researchers. The Justice Department updates the SolarWinds campaign's victim tally among federal prosecutors. And Zoom is settling a privacy suit. This is CyberScoop for August 2, 2021.

One small step in 'right to repair'

The Federal Trade Commission's recent ruling to enforce right to repair laws could be a small victory for security researchers. DIY hackers, farmers and consumer advocates have long struggled against corporations who have throttled individuals' right to repair their own technology. The new ruling prevents some of the same practices that companies have also used to block security research. Still, researchers will need changes to other key laws like DMCA and CFAA for a huge difference. “I think that the protection for security researchers is there in the broad language,” Luta Security CEO Katie Moussouris said. “But unless they’re specifically going to try and create a fix, or patch for whatever it is they find, I believe there’s still risk there.” Tonya Riley breaks it down.

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A series of tubes is compromised

Researchers from the security vendor Armis found nine critical vulnerabilities in the control panel for a pneumatic tube system used by 80% of North American hospitals. The vulnerabilities could put the systems, which deliver vital vitamins and lab samples, at risk of cyberattacks including ransomware. The vendor, Swisslog, has issued a patch for most of the vulnerabilities. Tonya has more.

Nearly 30 U.S. Attorneys offices hit in SolarWinds breach, N.Y. hardest

The Justice Department says that the offices of 27 federal prosecutors had one or more Microsoft Office 365 email accounts compromised as part of the SolarWinds hack. The Friday statement  said that the U.S. Attorneys' offices in the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of New York were particularly affected, with the hackers gaining access to the email accounts of at least 80% of employees working in those offices. "The Department is responding to this incident as if the Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) group responsible for the SolarWinds breach had access to all email communications and attachments found within the compromised O365 accounts," the statement reads. The U.S. government has blamed Russia for the wider espionage campaign. Check out the full list.

Zoom pays $85 million to make privacy complaints go away

Just as COVID-19 continues to infect people around the world, the legal troubles for one of the companies that made it possible to keep working through the pandemic are still going. Zoom agreed to pay $85 million and to improve its security practices to settle a lawsuit alleging that Zoom violated users' privacy by sharing their data with Facebook, Google and LinkedIn, as well as failing to stop intruders from barging into conferences. Zoom collected $1.3 billion in subscription payments from the plaintiffs in the class action suit. Reuters reported on the news.

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