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04/27/2020
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The European Union’s public report on China-backed coronavirus propaganda differed from the internal version. Microsoft fixed a flaw in its Teams teleconference software. And the WikiLeaks founder is staying the U.K. for a bit longer. This is CyberScoop for Monday, April 27.

Why the difference?

If you needed a reminder of how geopolitical pressure is shaping governments’ response to the pandemic, the European Union has you covered. A final EU report criticizing China's role in spreading coronavirus propaganda was much softer on Beijing than the EU's internal findings. The private report singled out the Chinese government for conducting a “global disinformation campaign” to “deflect blame” for the outbreak of the pandemic, a bluntness that was missing from the public statement. Sean Lyngaas has the internal report.


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We swear this isn't about Zoom

Zoom isn’t the only video conferencing service attracting scrutiny from security researchers. Microsoft Teams, the technology giant’s professional collaboration tool, included a software bug that could have made it possible for hackers to steal data. Hackers could have used a malicious GIF to scrape user data from Microsoft Teams user accounts, spreading through an organization’s entire roster of employees who use the service, researchers from CyberArk announced. The issue existed for three weeks between the end of February through mid-March, when much of the U.S. started to telework in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Jeff Stone has more details.


Assange gets his wish, for now

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has for months argued against his extradition to the U.S. to face charges that he encouraged a former Army soldier to leak classified documents to the public. A British judge ruled Monday that the extradition case against Assange should not go forward because of a coronavirus lockdown which prevents attorneys from coming to court. Assange's case began in February, months after he was taken from Ecuador's embassy in London, though its now been adjourned until May 18. "Mr. Assange and lawyers on both sides will need to be physically present in the courtroom" for the matter to move forward, Judge Vanessa Baraitser said during a recent conference call. Reuters covered the news.


Hackers strike a Colorado medical facility

Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo., confirmed to local news affiliates it had suffered outages last week following a cyberattack. Details were thin, though one employee said the hospital's system for storing patient information had been hit with ransomware, rendering the software unusable. A hospital spokesperson added that the facility was using paper records to track and treat patients. It's more bad news for the U.S. health care sector, which has been inundated with patients suffering complications from COVID-19. Fox 21 in Colorado is all over it.


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