One lesson from your high school economics class that will always ring true: there is no such thing as a free lunch. When you create a social media profile, you trade an email for an account. When you swap your phone number in hopes of winning that sweet convertible sitting pretty in the mall, same deal. But what is never explained: all of this info sits in databases that don’t guarantee security. And every piece of data is part of a puzzle that hackers are putting together in hopes of scoring a payday. 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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Hackers can make good money selling your Facebook login, Gmail password, or credit card number on underground sites. Here’s the breakdown of how much.

A hacked Facebook account goes for $74.50 on average, while Instagram accounts averaged $55.45 and Twitter logins went for $49 on average… A hacked Gmail account averaged a higher selling price — $155,73, on average — due in part to the fact that it could potentially provide a wide range of insight into a target’s life and other accounts.

$75 for a hacked account may not seem like much, but the potential payday looks much different when it’s 1,000 or 10,000 accounts that hackers are selling in a pricey bundle.

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Hacker Gives Away 386 Million Stolen Records On Dark Web—What You Need To Do Now

“I’ve made enough money now” ShinyHunters said as stolen data is offered for free in a commercial dark web hacker forum. In just the first two weeks of May 2020, a hacker, known only as ShinyHunters, offered an astonishing 200 million stolen data records for sale on the dark web. Not repurposed data from old breaches, but fresh to the market and, therefore, very valuable. The surprising thing is that, until then, nobody had even heard of ShinyHunters.

What may look like a charitable act actually spells problems for many, many people. Best to make sure if you’ve been hacked – use HackNotice Instant Check to see if your info is already compromised.

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U.S. Defense, Air Force Departments invite hackers to re-imagine how space systems are secured

The U.S. Department of the Air Force and Department of Defense are changing the way they approach building secure and resilient space systems by inviting the global security research community to hone their space domain hacking skills in an open and collaborative environment. On Aug. 7 to 9, the Department of the Air Force and DOD’s Defense Digital Service will premiere the Space Security Challenge 2020, a mixture of virtual workshops and prize challenges related to securing space systems, including a live capture-the-flag (CTF) style satellite hacking competition dubbed “Hack-A-Sat.”

Hacking into someone’s Facebook account pales in comparison to hijacking control over a satellite, but it’s the challenge issued by the Air Force and Department of Defense.

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US Travel Giant Paid 414 Bitcoins in Ransom to Hackers

CWT, a US-based travel management company, has paid $4.5 million to hackers as ransom money last week following the theft of sensitive corporate information. Initially, hackers demanded $10 million in ransom, however, after negotiation, the final settlement was made at $4.5 million. The travel company transferred 414 Bitcoins, equivalent to that amount, to hackers’ wallet. The hackers also pointed out that the asked ransom was much cheaper than the cost of lawsuits and also the reputational losses if the compromised information were leaked. CWT reduced the initial amount citing the impact of COVID-19 on the company’s business. Last year, the company reported $1.5 billion in revenue and highlighted that its clients include a third of all companies on the S&P 500 US stock index.

It’s not unusual to see a ransom paid once turn into a followup ransom demand by the same cyber criminal(s), which is why it’s important to stop a hack before it happens.

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Garmin reportedly paid hackers a multimillion dollar ransom to recover files after a cyberattack that left their services offline for several days last month

GPS and aviation tech company Garmin paid a multi-million dollar sum to hackers in an effort to recover data that the group had held hostage in a ransomware attack last month, Sky News reported on Monday. On July 23, Garmin’s services, which range from smartwatches to aviation products, suffered a major outage. Several days later, the company confirmed that the outage was due to a cyberattack.

Again, hackers can always charge twice once they have access to your assets. Stop them before they have the chance. See how HackNotice Premium can help.


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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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