Influencers on social media make their living by promoting products to their followers, and can be paid very well if their audience is big enough. Two Kardashian sisters are reported to each make approximately $1 million for each promoted post. It’s a goal for most influencers to build businesses from their respective platforms, so naturally, they are being targeted by hackers. But even the everyday Instagrammers, just posting for fun, are being targeted. 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 their birth year should not be their password.

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Russian hacker group Evil Corp targets US workers at home

A Russian hacking group is launching ransomware attacks against a number of US companies, targeting employees who are working from home due to Covid-19. Evil Corp hackers have tried to access at least 31 organisations’ networks in order to cripple systems and demand millions of dollars in ransom.

More people working from home means less access to IT departments and less stringent measures to keep valuable information secure. One way to keep your data safe is using threat intelligence to your defensive advantage.

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Watch Out: Instagram Hackers Are Using Fake Copyright Notices to Trick People into Giving up Their Account Details

If you’ve received a message in your Instagram inbox from a major corporation informing you that you’ve infringed their copyright, watch out. It’s a fairly convincing phishing scam that is trying to hack your account.

If you are posting photos that you took from your phone, chances are slim that you should be receiving an actual copyright complaint. Should one come into your DM’s, consider consulting with an expert before replying with any details about your account information.

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Top three ways hackers get around authentication

Despite living in the most technologically-advanced era in human history, large-scale data breaches continue to grow in intensity and frequency.

Worth a quick read to see if you’re leaving openings for hackers. After skimming through, you can use HackNotices services like Instant Check and Personal to stay ahead of hackers.

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350,000 Social Media Influencers and Users at Risk Following Data Breach

The information includes influencers’ social media links, email addresses, names, phone numbers and home addresses. It was noted that those affected appear to be associated with cosmetic or lifestyle-related content.

There are multiple ways to keep your social media account safe, but it all starts with the simple stuff: your login information.

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UCSF pays $1 million ransom to recover medical school data from hackers

Malware attacks on prominent businesses and institutions are nothing new. But experts say the shift to working from home amid the COVID-19 pandemic may be making it easier for hackers to find a way in. The University of California, San Francisco paid a ransom of $1.14 million to hackers in June to recover data from its School of Medicine that had been encrypted in a cyberattack, the university announced Friday. The attack marked the third in a string of recent cyberattacks carried out against universities.

As the largest employer in the state, the University of California school system faces one of the newly found non-medical threats in this pandemic: employees working from home for the first time in their careers.

If you suspect your information has been part of a data leak, use HackNotice Instant Check for free and see if your data is being shared by hackers. Simply click HERE and enter the information you want checked.

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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