Specialized dating app users, social media influencers, and Nintendo gamers walk into an internet cafe offering free wifi… There’s no punchline, just some of the most recent coverage of hackers gathering massive amounts of data they can use to plan cyber attacks. 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.

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3somes, Gay Daddy Bear, and Herpes Dating are among the nine services that leaked the data of hundreds of thousands of users. Security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar were scanning the open internet on May 24 when they stumbled upon a collection of publicly accessible Amazon Web Services “buckets.” Each contained a trove of data from a different specialized dating app, including 3somes, Cougary, Gay Daddy Bear, Xpal, BBW Dating, Casualx, SugarD, Herpes Dating, and GHunt. In all, the researchers found 845 gigabytes and close to 2.5 million records, likely representing data from hundreds of thousands of users…

The dating process is inherently filled with embarrassing situations, but a data leak that could expose those situations is not ideal for any of these star-crossed lovers.

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If cybercrime were a country, it would have the 13th highest GDP in the world. Worldwide, cybercriminals rake in at least $1.5 trillion every year — an amount equal to Russia’s gross domestic product (GDP)…

 

Year after year, the cybercrime industry shows no signs of slowing down – so one day it could have the highest GDP in the world.

 

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The new remote work reality is good news for cybercriminals seeking to capitalise on security shortcomings – including workers using personal WiFi networks to access corporate resources remotely and without the help of company IT. Many will inadvertently leave their WiFi exposed to threat actors, and this poses a serious threat to your data.

The workspace has transformed overnight but the lack of good cybersecurity practices still linger with people who are working from home for the first time in their careers. And it’s a growing problem for businesses.

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While the odds are growing that information will be leaked, using a social platform to leak it will only increase the chance that it will be seen, abused, and remain exposed online longer than it has in the past.

 

Add security risks to the list of issues surrounding social media platforms like stalker-exes, embarrassing tagged photos, and influencers selling weight-loss tea.

 

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Nintendo now says that the data breach from back in April was much larger than initially feared… This week Nintendo confirmed that the actual number of gamers who may have had their accounts illegally accessed by hackers was not 160,000, but actually closer to 300,000.

 

The data breach updates that keep on giving, Nintendo’s headaches continue as their affected number of users basically doubles.

 

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Organizations realize the scale of cyber-risk but lack counter-actions to build resilience.
In a global study of more than 2,200 organizations across 22 different countries, NTT Security’s 2019 Risk:Value research found that cyberattacks (43%), data loss or theft (37%), and attacks on critical infrastructure (35%) — aimed particularly at telecoms and energy networks — concern respondents the most. The survey respondents figured these threats would present a greater risk to their organization over the next 12 months than trade barriers and other critical global issues such as the environment, terrorism, and government failures.

 

Organizations can use all of the help they can get as every industry goes online, so leadership teams have it in their best interest to protect their employees and all company assets in the digital space.
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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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