The stories rounded up for this week revolve around personal data. It doesn’t matter if it comes from high profile celebrities or prison inmates, personal data is the target of any cyber criminal.  So remember: do not reuse passwords, always confirm whom you are sharing sensitive information with, and track where your digital identity may be exposed on HackNotice Personal for free HERE.


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Law Firm Representing Lady Gaga, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen, Others Suffers Major Data Breach

Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, a large media and entertainment law firm, appears to have been the victim of a cyberattack that resulted in the theft of an enormous batch of private information on dozens of celebrities, according to a data security researcher.

Just like everyone else, celebrities have their personal account information being used online for banking, streaming, social media, you name it. Hackers can take over their accounts just as easily as yours when they have the information they need.


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A letter sent to those affected, and obtained by TechCrunch, said the Justice Department notified the U.S. Marshals on December 30, 2019 of a data breach affecting a public-facing server storing personal information on current and former prisoners in its custody. The letter said the breach may have included their address, date of birth and Social Security number, which can be used for identity fraud.

It may sound odd to steal inmates’ information, but as people with identities and limited protection of their online presence, prisoners are an easy target for online fraud.


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The world’s largest domain registrar, GoDaddy, with 19 million customers, has disclosed a data breach impacting web hosting account credentials.

Domains are essential for anyone who maintains their own websites whether it be for personal use or running their businesses – which is a lot of people. Breaches like this are a good reminder to practice safe cybersecurity hygiene and change passwords that may have been used for a while that may be reused on other platforms.


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According to recent reports, source codes for the Nintendo 64, Nintendo GameCube, and now the Nintendo Wii consoles have leaked online following a massive server breach. Now that so much of the world’s personal and business information is stored online, there is always the possibility of that information falling into the wrong hands or being stolen by hackers, and constant data breaches exposing people’s private information has since become something everyone has become accustomed to hearing about, whether they think it will happen to them or not.


Nintendo is in the headlines again not long after 160,000 accounts of customers were hacked just weeks ago. Source codes for its older consoles were posted, providing the perfect example of how even a large, successful, tech-driven company can have information not meant for the general public leaked.


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Hackers have broken into Microsoft’s GitHub account and stolen 500 GB of data from the tech giant’s own private repositories on the developer platform, according to published reports.

A group that calls itself Shiny Hunters claims it stole and then leaked the data, which did not appear to include any critical or sensitive information. The data was then posted on hacker forum, according to a multiple reports.

As the story develops, there are no signs of “critical” user information that has been leaked, but the message is clear: no data is safe when the biggest software and programming company in the world can be broken into.


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That’s this week’s roundup, showing that every industry benefits when good cybersecurity habits are followed. So wash your hands and keep your passwords secure. Thanks for reading, stay safe and we’ll see you next week! 

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