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05/01/2020
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Christopher Wray has a different take on encryption now that he's running the FBI. A former SEC investigator allegedly helped the firm he was investigating. And a medical testing giant is sued after a series of breaches. This is CyberScoop for Friday, May 1.

Well, this is an interesting turn

Christopher Wray, who as the current director of the FBI has warned that strong encryption stifles court-approved investigations, previously argued exactly the opposite. As an attorney for King & Spaulding, an Atlanta-based law firm, Wray backed end-to-end encryption during a case in which he represented WhatsApp. The Facebook-owned messaging company now is locked in a legal dispute with NSO Group, an Israeli spyware vendor, over allegations that NSO Group designed malware meant to infect WhatsApp users. In a new legal filing, WhatsApp argued a court should dismiss King & Spaulding as attorneys for NSO Group, because the same firm represented WhatsApp in a “substantially related” matter. Sean Lyngaas broke it down.


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Another hacking trial delayed

U.S. prosecutors last year charged Michael Cohn, a former examiner for the SEC, with unauthorized access of a computer and obstruction of justice. During negotiations for a job at a private equity firm, GPB Holdings, Cohn told the company he possessed inside information about an SEC investigation into its behavior, according to an indictment. The decision came in response to a letter from Cohn in which he told the court he suffers from a health condition that makes him especially vulnerable to COVID-19. Jeff Stone explains.


Another class-action lawsuit filed

A legal complaint filed against LabCorp accuses the company's leadership of "persistently deficient" data protection measures. The new lawsuit cites three incidents that have affected LabCorp data in the last 18 months, including a ransomware attack, a third-party breach and the exposure of 10,000 sensitive medical documents. By failing to address issues and not disclosing possible vulnerabilities, shareholders argue, LabCorp is costing them money. Jeff has more.


Spearphishing strikes more than 150 executives

A spearphishing campaign abusing Microsoft file sharing services, such as SharePoint and OneNote, has been targeting small and medium financial services firms, law firms, and real estate groups since mid-2019, according to new research from Group-IB’s Threat Intelligence team. The campaign lures victims with PDF attachments in emails which eventually direct targets to a mockup of the file sharing service where the attackers then steal login credentials from the victims. The campaign, dubbed “PerSwaysion," has successfully compromised approximately 156 victims, primarily in Canada and the U.S., researchers said. Read it here.


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