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.

For many players the thought of their accounts getting hacked and publicly outed may seem like the worst thing that can happen, but it could get much worse should hackers continue building for a large cyber attack.



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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.

These techniques will be realized by more cyber criminals, making the ability to use actionable threat intelligence even more useful in the fight against hackers.


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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?

Learning about groups like these can give a glimpse to the type of information they’re sharing and selling on the dark web – and if your information may be at risk.


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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.

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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.

When crime moved online, law enforcement agencies have found themselves in an endless game of whack-a-mole. Only time will tell how effective this new strategy will be.


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Databases chock full of passwords are being hacked and leaked on an almost daily basis. Thankfully Chrome users will soon have an easier way to deal with password resets when their accounts are compromised in a breach.


Acting after a data leak is good, acting before to prevent a data leak is better.



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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