The FBI caught the perpetrator involved in the recent Twitter Hack, 17-year old Graham Clark. Clark was having his arraignment virtually on a Zoom meeting when hackers streamed pornography into the hearing, forcing the meeting to close.
Facial Recognition (FR) software has been improved by AI and Machine-learning. However, recent AI advances have fooled FR solutions with fake images falsely identified as someone they’re not. At the annual Black Hat USA event, McAfee demonstrated how new AI technology could fool FR systems .
Belarus law enforcement arrested a 31 year old man believed to be behind the GandCrab Ransomware, extorting over 1000 victims in 2017 and 2018. This hacker attacked victims by sending out millions of Phishing emails. Users who infected themselves and their companies were asked to pay fractional Bitcoin payments of $400 to $1500.
If you run or bike, you probably heard or experienced Garmin recent outages due to a suspected ransomware attack. Customer support was disrupted alongside may of their applications. Many bikers and runners use their Fitness Watches to track their exercise for the day, tracking calories, steps, distance, and the entire route taken during your session.
Hackers have been able to break into ATM machines in a way that causes them to spit out all their cash. This form of attack is known as Jackpotting. Taiwan ATM’s lost $2 million dollars back in 2016 to ATM Jackpotting attacks. Jackpotting has now made its way to the US with multiple cases being reporting in the past year.
Back in June, the United States Secret Service (USSS) sent out a security alert about a spike in attacks on Managed Service Providers (MSPs). MSPs are the lifeblood of Small to Medium sized Businesses (SMB), providing remote management, monitoring, and support of IT infrastructure. USSS global investigations investigated multiple incidents where hackers had breached MSPs. Hackers used these MSPs to access the internal networks of their customers.
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Situational awareness is knowledge combined with attitudes and behaviors that work to protect our IT assets. Being aware in cybersecurity means you understand what the threats you face are and that you take action to prevent or minimize them. Situational awareness is an important, valuable tool to have in your toolbox; even if you aren’t in the cyber industry.
In 2019, Kaspersky Lab found that 90 percent of corporate data breaches in the cloud happen due to social engineering attacks that target employees. In July 2020, Twitter suffered arguably one of its worst breaches due to a social engineering attack.
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