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A years-long investigation into the case of a Kuwaiti researcher who spent years on a legal odyssey for doing his job. Another major Microsoft vulnerability. And scammers impersonate the head of Europol. This is CyberScoop for August 27, 2021.

Investigating a ‘cybercrime’ case in Kuwait

For nearly two years, authorities in Kuwait prosecuted Mohammed Aldoub, a known security researcher, for a series of tweets about a possible hacking incident at an influential bank. Now, Aldoub is breaking his silence to CyberScoop, detailing not only what happened in his case, but pulling back the veil on how laws in some countries in the Middle East seem to criminalize white hat hacking, at least in public. Sean Lyngaas tells the story.

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Microsoft’s bad year just gets worse

Microsoft is warning customers of its Azure cloud platform about a software vulnerability that exposed data belonging to thousands of clients for roughly two years. The flaw would have allowed any Azure Cosmos DB user to read, write and delete another customer’s information without authorization, researchers at Wiz found. Microsoft has since resolved the issue and is asking customers to reset keys to their accounts. There was no evidence that hackers or any other outsider exploited the vulnerability to access customer data, according to the company. Tonya Riley looks closer.

Scammers masquerade as a top European cop

Belgian police are investigating an incident in which digital miscreants are posing as the head of Europol, one of the continent's top agencies for investigating cybercrime. The ruse involves thieves impersonating Catherine De Bolle, Europol's executive director, to accuse victims of receiving child pornography, and then stealing their PayPal credentials. It's the latest version of a popular ruse, notable for the name involved. Sean has more.

Unpacking cyber insurance changes for states

When the Town of Peterborough, New Hampshire, announced earlier this week that it lost $2.3 million to a business email compromise scam, officials also said it was unlikely the 7,000-person community would ever recover that money. The lost sum, which amounted to nearly 15% of the town’s annual budget, is not expected to be covered by the local government’s insurance policy. While that’s typical for losses due to BEC attacks — which typically are not covered by cyber insurance policies — the news came at a time when a premiums are on the rise, fueled by an onslaught of claims filed by organizations that’ve suffered ransomware attacks. Benjamin Freed examines the issue for StateScoop.

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