Technological advances such as smartphones and tablets have made it possible, and simple, for many people to have access to the internet. Some use that access to work, others use it solely to stay entertained – but everyone who logs online becomes a target when they use weak passwords or the same password across multiple accounts. With the simplicity to access and use comes the simplicity for criminals to take advantage. So remember to practice good cybersecurity: 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.

Share this post with your friends as a reminder to why they should protect their online information and update their password to not be their spouse’s birthday.

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“On July 10, 2019, we learned that an unauthorized party had accessed and downloaded certain MGM Resorts guest data from an external cloud server a few days earlier,” the letter says. “The affected information may have included names, contact information (such as postal addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers), and dates of birth. The specific data affected differed for each impacted individual.”

Not everything that happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. People downplay the significance of leaks containing information like names and addresses, but it’s small pieces of information like such that provide hackers the start of potentially taking over accounts associated with the information.

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People rarely change their password after a data breach, study says

Most people don’t take changing a password too seriously following a data breach, says a recent study. Just about a third of users typically change their password after an announcement about a breach, according to a study presented earlier this month by Carnegie Mellon University’s Security and Privacy Institute (CyLab).

Please don’t be in this group of people. Keeping your login information close to the chest is crucial for protecting your accounts from hackers taking over and causing massive headaches and financial strain.

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Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are investigating a global hacker-for-hire operation that sent phishing emails to environmental groups, journalists and others.

Hackers are evolving in their business interests and changing the landscape of cybersecurity – which was already hitting record highs year after year in terms of monetary damages.

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A researcher has published exploit code for a Microsoft Windows vulnerability that, when left unpatched, has the potential to spread from computer to computer with no user interaction.

This is a subject to keep an eye on as more people gain access to the internet for business, banking, communications, health – every personal matter done online could infected by this code.

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A notorious hacking team backed by the Russian government has been exploiting a serious flaw in commonly used email software, the National Security Agency (NSA) warned Thursday, issuing a rare advisory that publicly attributed attempts to utilize the software flaw to a nation-state actor.

Nation-states aren’t innocent when it comes to cyber attacks. Information is valuable and instances like this give an idea of how anything and everything put online is a valuable target to someone.

 

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Own or manage a business? With more people working from home in these times, it’s imperative to protect your business from cyber attacks like these so be sure to take a look at our free white-paper download: The Ultimate Guide to Threat Intelligence.

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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