Wherever you go, there you are… probably on your phone or laptop accessing the internet. This week’s roundup focuses on the global state of cybersecurity and how it affects everyone on the planet that uses the internet regularly. New lifestyle changes like working from home attribute to these security issues but old habits are also to blame – like poor protection of user account information online. 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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Only 31% of Americans concerned with data security, despite 400% rise in cyberattacks

Overall concerns around internet security, including computer viruses and hacking, have dropped since 2019, ranking the lowest among the four primary areas of security in the survey. These findings are particularly concerning given the rise in cyberattacks during the pandemic: The FBI found that online crimes reported to the Bureau’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) have increased by 400% because of the crisis. The Federal Trade Commision (FTC) also found more than 52,000 cases of reported fraud related to COVID-19 since January 2020.

If 2020 has one consistent theme to it, it’s that nothing makes sense and we all face a new challenge every month. One of the few challenges that hasn’t changed – and is actually growing – is cybercrime. With two-thirds of Americans not taking precautions to protect their online information, hackers have an ever-growing list of potential targets.

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Early Covid-19 tracking apps easy prey for hackers, and it might get worse before it gets better

The push to use smartphone apps to track the spread of coronavirus is creating a potential jackpot for hackers worldwide — and the U.S. offers a fat, loosely defended target. In the Qatar Covid-19 app, researchers found a vulnerability that would’ve let hackers obtain more than a million people’s national ID numbers and health status. In India’s app, a researcher discovered a security gap that allowed him to determine who was sick in individual homes. And researchers uncovered seven security flaws in a pilot app in the U.K.

Just another example of proposed remedies to current problems being taken advantage of by hackers. Where there are large numbers of potential targets, hackers will flock and look for cracks to exploit.

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EasyJet Lawsuit Over Data Breach Attracts 10,000 Passengers

EasyJet Plc faces a lawsuit over a data breach disclosed last month that potentially exposed private details of 9 million passengers. More than 10,000 people have joined the suit since it was filed last month, according to law firm PGMBM. Victims are entitled to as much as 2,000 pounds ($2,500) in compensation, meaning the case could be worth as much as 18 billion pounds.

A business is created when it gains customers. When customer data is mishandled, it’s not just trust the customer’s trust that is broken, it can also break the business.

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North Korean Hackers Are Now Stealing U.S. Shoppers’ Credit Card Details

Hackers with suspected ties to the North Korean regime are intercepting and stealing U.S. shoppers’ credit card details during online payments.

Following safe cybersecurity practices isn’t constrained to just one part of the internet, like online shopping. It also requires additional actions like checking on your bank accounts to verify whether or not suspicious activity is happening on your accounts.

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The Cybersecurity 202: Hacking tensions with Iran are surging again after nuclear site fire

A fire at an Iranian nuclear plant is threatening to spark a major hacking conflict that could embroil U.S. industry… It’s not clear if the fire itself was caused by a cyberattack, though some Iranian officials have suggested such attacks could have been launched by the United States or Israel. Regardless, Iran may respond in cyberspace where it faces a comparatively level playing field compared to conventional military conflict.

Cyberspace is turning into the level playing field when nations want to display strength.

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Looks Like Russian Hackers Are on an Email Scam Spree

FOR YEARS, COSTLY email grifts have largely been the provenance of West African scammers, particularly those based in Nigeria. A newly discovered “business email compromise” campaign, though, appears to come from a criminal group in a part of the world better known for a different brand of online mayhem: Russia… Dubbed “Cosmic Lynx,” the group has carried out more than 200 BEC campaigns since July 2019, according to researchers from the email security firm Agari, particularly targeting senior executives at large organizations and corporations in 46 countries. 

When it comes to internet culture, few topics have gotten as much worldwide notoriety as memes and cat videos. One of these topics is the email scam. And they’re not going away – because they still work.


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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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