Uber riders, LinkedIn job hopefuls, and college students are just a few groups of people affected in the latest data breaches just released. If you’re online, you’re considered fair game to hackers with a lot of time on their hands looking for any mishandled data. 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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Former Uber Executive Charged With Paying ‘Hush Money’ To Conceal Massive Breach

Federal prosecutors have charged Uber’s former chief security officer with covering up a massive 2016 data breach by arranging a $100,000 payoff to the hackers responsible for the attack. The personal data of 57 million Uber passengers and drivers was stolen in the hack. Prosecutors are charging Joe Sullivan with obstructing justice and concealing a felony for the alleged cover-up. Sullivan “engaged in a scheme to withhold and conceal” the breach from regulators and failed to report it to law enforcement or the public, according to a complaint filed in federal court in California on Thursday.

The pandemic was able to get Uber off of the major news cycles for bad behavior but a breach-cover up attempt will always ensure attention.

 


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Experian South Africa discloses data breach impacting 24 million customers

The credit agency admitted to handing over the personal details of its South African customers to a fraudster posing as a client… While Experian did not disclose the number of impacted users, a report from South African Banking Risk Centre (SABRIC), an anti-fraud and banking non-profit, claimed the breach impacted 24 million South Africans and 793,749 local businesses.

Attacks can come from anywhere and unfortunately, employees can be tricked by cyber criminals at any moment.

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Freepik, a popular freemium stock photos marketplace, discloses data breach and says hacker obtained info of 8.3M users, including usernames and password hashes

Freepik said the hacker obtained usernames and passwords for the oldest 8.3 million users registered on its Freepik and Flaticon websites… Freepik didn’t say when the breach took place, or when it found out about it. However, the company says it notified authorities as soon as it learned of the incident, and began investigating the breach, and what the hacker had accessed.

There’s always a price to pay and when services are offered for free on the internet it’s best to look for the fine print. And to not reuse passwords.

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North Korean Hacker Group Targeted Crypto Firm Using LinkedIn Ad: Cybersecurity Report

The report said F-Secure’s investigators found operational similarities between this attack and other efforts that have been associated with the Lazarus group.
Carried out as a phishing attack, the hackers used a LinkedIn message to send over a fake job offer document to a systems administrator at the crypto firm that when downloaded allowed the attackers to get in through the back door.

When jobs are difficult to come by, any promise of employment can throw off natural internet habits – like being wary of messages from strangers.

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University of Utah Pays Ransomware Hackers Despite Having Backups

Fighting off a ransomware attack sometimes isn’t enough to avoid paying the hackers. [Last] Thursday, the University of Utah revealed it paid $457,059 to a ransomware gang, despite successfully restoring the school’s IT systems following the attack. The university decided to give in because the hackers also stole some private data from the school, which they apparently threatened to leak. “After careful consideration, the university decided to work with its cyber insurance provider to pay a fee to the ransomware attacker.

As universities continue to operate like usual, time will tell if this move builds trust between the students and university directors.


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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