T-Mobile breached again, customers suffer SIM swap fraud (SIM hijacking)
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American telecommunications provider T-Mobile has disclosed a data breach after an unknown number of customers were apparently affected by SIM swap attacks. SIM swap fraud (or SIM hijacking) allows scammers to take control of targets’ phone numbers after porting them using social engineering or after bribing mobile operator employees to a SIM controlled by the fraudsters.
Several current and former top executives over at SolarWinds are now blaming a certain company intern for what was called a “critical lapse” in the company’s password security that actually went sort of undiagnosed for a number of years. The supposedly leaked password was “solarwinds123” and was discovered back in 2019 on the internet by a particular independent security researcher that had warned the company regarding SolarWinds file servers being exposed.
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The hits keep on coming from the SolarWinds breach. More security vendors including Qualys, Mimecast, and Fidelis Cybersecurity confirmed that suspected Russian hackers targeted their networks following a report by security firm Netresec that identified 23 additional SolarWinds’ victims “singled out as interesting targets by the threat actors.”
An Oxford University lab conducting research into the coronavirus pandemic has been compromised by cyberattackers.
A hacker was able to siphon some 70GB of data, including private posts. Right-wing social media website Gab has reportedly been hacked, and CEO Andrew Torba said on Twitter that “demon hackers” were to blame, using a transphobic slur to describe them.
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