Twitter, MGM and Walmart are all in the hot-seat as their cybersecurity measures are being put to the test. The past few days have brought cybersecurity stories that affect the online identities of millions of Americans. Former US Presidents, bargain hunters, poker sharks – everyone is accessible 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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Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, Apple, and others hacked in unprecedented Twitter attack

The Twitter accounts of major companies and individuals have been compromised in one of the most widespread and confounding hacks the platform has ever seen, all in service of promoting a bitcoin scam that appears to be earning its creator quite a bit of money.

Social media platforms are always in the scopes of hackers simply because there are so many users trading personal data for free usage of the apps. Users equal potential openings to other accounts when passwords are shared across multiple platforms – when a hacker is able to show they can access a presidential hopeful’s account, the everyday user should see the need to be extra secure about their login information.

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A hacker is selling details of 142 million MGM hotel guests on the dark web

The MGM Resorts 2019 data breach is much larger than initially reported, and is now believed to have impacted more than 142 million hotel guests, and not just the 10.6 million that ZDNet initially reported back in February 2020… The new finding came to light over the weekend after a hacker put up for sale the hotel’s data in an ad published on a dark web cybercrime marketplace.

The next step for anyone that may have checked into MGM in recent years is not to let it ride, but to play it safe and check their credit cards and emails they used to book their hotel stays.

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Walmart Faces Data-Breach Suit Under California Privacy Law

Walmart Inc. is accused in a proposed class action of violating California’s privacy law by failing to protect customer data from an alleged hack. Customers face “significant injuries and damages,” such as having their data on the dark web, as a result of a breach the complaint says occurred, according to the suit filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. California’s privacy law, which took effect Jan. 1, increases the risk of payouts following security breaches because it added a private right to sue and statutory damages of up to $750 per customer, per incident.

Not exactly roll-back savings for the giant retailer. With plans of expanding their online shopping, beefing up their cybersecurity measures to prevent similar situations in the future should be on top of their to-do list.

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A game of ‘cat and mouse’: Hacking attacks on hospitals for patient data increase during coronavirus pandemic

More than 80% of medical practices have been the victims of cyberattacks, according to a national survey. Over half reported patient safety concerns from the hacks, and 20% said that their business had been interrupted for more than five hours… And the situation has only gotten worse during the monthslong coronavirus pandemic, as more employees switched to working from home, and medical facilities were cash-strapped and stretched thin because of COVID-19.

COVID cases surge across the country and require more people to be admitted to hospitals. As patients get registered into digital databases, they now have to add the risk of having their personal and medical information be part of a hack to their list of worries.

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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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