If you’re building a business in 2020, there are new hurdles to look out for (which we’re sure you are aware of). But with these challenges are examples to learn from, and we’re happy to share what we’ve experienced so far. Check out our recent coverage with startup.info on how to build a profitable company and fight hackers during a pandemic HERE.  Hackers are more aggressive than ever as most companies follow social distancing protocols. 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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If you’ve ever searched the web using Bing, some hacker probably knows what you looked for. And if there’s anything there that’s questionable, blackmail might be the first thing on their mind… Security researchers at Wizcase have discovered an unsecured database containing 100 million Bing user records from more than 70 countries. The database appears to be owned by Microsoft and was initially found with no password protecting its contents. A few days after discovery, the database was secured.

 

Multiple questions come from this leak. For one, what does search-history blackmail look like and secondly, how was this database not secured?

 

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The data includes basic contact information, such as email, name, and address, as well as order details, like products and services purchased, but not financial information such as credit-card information.

 

Cyber crime doesn’t solely come from outside of the organization so it’s important that companies plan for every possibility of an attack, including ones that come from the inside.

 


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On September 15, 2020, the New York Attorney General’s Office (NYAG) announced a settlement with Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. (Dunkin) in connection with a September 2019 lawsuit brought by the NYAG against Dunkin for alleged failures to adequately respond to cyberattacks that impacted approximately 300,000 customers. The proposed settlement—which still must be approved by the court—requires Dunkin to, among other things, notify customers impacted by the attacks, maintain specific cybersecurity procedures to prevent future cyberattacks, and pay $650,000 in penalties.

The costs go further than $650k because there’s also broken customer trust that needs fixing as well.

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Airbnb hosts may have had their personal data, including addresses and the codes to rental homes, exposed to other users.

Just another expense to the list of repair costs.

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UHS operates over 400 healthcare facilities in the US and the UK, has more than 90,000 employees and provides healthcare services to approximately 3.5 million patients each year.

Hospitals have been hit from every direction during the pandemic and it affects the general population when ransomware halts them from providing care to patients.

 


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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