When hackers break into a database of gamer profiles, it sounds par for the course. But as hackers look to steal information from any source – including hospitals – there are bigger consequences that affect lives, literally, unfortunately. So remember to practice good cybersecurity: do not reuse passwords, always confirm whom you are sharing sensitive information with, and be careful when clicking on suspicious links.
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All Call of Duty players should be on notice after a major Activision hack has left millions of accounts in limbo… As of the time of publishing, over 500,000 Activision accounts have reportedly been hacked, with log-ins being leaked publicly. Hackers are then changing the account details, making it so the original owners can’t recover them.
This is an important discovery. Although it’s no secret that likely state-backed groups can get around two-factor requests, it’s difficult to see how those systems work. It also stresses the importance of using two-authentication systems that avoid SMS, such as hardware security keys. SMS is better than nothing, but it’s no longer a deterrent for the most determined intruders — whether they’re pro-government spies or everyday criminals.
A global hacking collective known as APT41 has been accused by US authorities of targeting company servers for ransom, compromising government networks and spying on Hong Kong activists… Some experts say they are tied to the Chinese state, while others speculate money was their only motive. What do we really know about APT41?
The patient’s death is currently being investigated by German authorities. If the ransomware attack and the hospital downtime are found to have been directly at fault for the woman’s death, German police said it plans to turn their investigation into a murder case… According to German news outlet RTL, the ransomware gang has withdrawn its ransom demand after German police reached out. The hospital has since received a decryption and is restoring its systems.
The medical industry has been hit hard by the pandemic not just with sick patients but also with hackers looking to capitalize on the chaos that came with it.
The series of events was one of the first examples of the FBI’s new cybersecurity strategy in action. The goal of the effort, which officials revealed this month, is simple: impose harsher consequences on America’s digital adversaries by working more closely with intelligence agencies and data-rich private companies… For the FBI, that could mean trying to put a suspect in handcuffs, burning their identity through an indictment or opting to provide targeting data about an individual for a U.S. government hacking operation.
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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