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We take the long view on the liability issues related to the SolarWinds breach. Microsoft has more to say. And NERC checks in, too. This is CyberScoop for Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.

The court battles to come over SolarWinds breach

The legal liability over the SolarWinds breach is uniquely murky, experts say, given the combination of how widespread it is is and how unlike other breaches it is. It could take years to play out. SolarWinds could face securities frauds suits, but the case is harder to make against other victims, given that the hackers weren't trying to steal things like credit card information. Tim Starks has the story.


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Microsoft opens up a little more on SolarWinds

The SolarWinds hackers viewed Microsoft source code, the tech giant said last week in an update of its internal investigation. But it denied reports that its systems were used to attack others. It found little harm overall. The company was spare with some details, however, such as what code the hackers viewed, and Microsoft said its investigation is ongoing. Tim has this one, too.


Grid regulator asks utilities about SolarWinds exposure

In a Dec. 22 advisory to the electric industry, NERC, the North American grid regulator, asked utilities to check their systems for signs of a compromise, and advised them that the tampered SolarWinds software "poses a potential threat" to parts of the power sector. The advisory shows that the hunt for information related to the suspected Russian hacking operation is very much ongoing in the private sector as it is in government. Sean Lyngaas had the scoop.


T-Mobile notifies customers of limited breach

Wireless telecommunications giant T-Mobile disclosed its fourth data breach in three years recently, telling some customers that the incident “may have included phone number, number of lines subscribed to on your account and, in some cases, call-related information collected as part of the normal operation of your wireless service.” It appears the incident happened in early December and affected roughly 200,000 accounts. The company said the breached data did not include personally identifiable information such as "names on the account, physical or email addresses, financial data, credit card information, social security numbers, tax ID, passwords, or PINs.” Read more from Joe Warminsky.


Ticketmaster pays $10M fine for spying on rival

Over the holidays Ticketmaster settled federal criminal charges in a case that involved employees using stolen credentials to spy on a competitor. The music and events company is paying a $10 million fine, according to the Department of Justice, for “computer intrusion and fraud offenses.” The mid-2010s caper involved monitoring the rival company's ticket-selling technology and other business practices, the feds said. The competitor, widely known to be Songkick, brought an antitrust suit against Ticketmaster in 2018 that eventually led to the criminal investigation. Joe has the story.


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