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UK Prime Minister Leaks Meeting ID on Zoom

  Have you ever wondered what major government officials discuss behind closed doors? Well, now is your chance to find out!   Picture This Imagine holding one of the highest government positions in the UK as prime minister. Just imagine all the duties and responsibilities that entails. Now, when in a position of power, security of information is of the utmost importance, right? This includes things like communications, files and so much more.  Now, think about this: what if someone was able to just randomly listen in on the conversations you have with other members of the government. Even further, what if a random person listened in on a mitigation… Read More

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Cyber Attack of the Week 05 – Cyber Security Firm Attacked by Ransomware

  It appears that not even cyber security firms are safe from ransomware attacks…     Welcome back everyone for another cyber attack of the week! For this article, I wanted to steer clear of everything COVID-19 related. Honestly, I need a change of pace from articles surrounding the virus. (And I think you might need a break as well.) So, what better than an article about a ransomware attack on a cyber security firm?!   Chubb Insurance To begin, the cyber security insurance firm, Chubb, faced an attack from The Maze Team recently.  Chubb is “a global provider of insurance products covering property and casualty, accident and health, reinsurance,… Read More

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Beware of Online Scams During COVID-19

  Not only during this time do you have to mind the health of yourself and family, but also they “health” of your devices and accounts.      Will we ever catch a break? Currently, world governments, corporations and people around the world remain focused on finding a way to make it through the spread of COVID-19. Between the lack of information surrounding the virus, and the lack of materials for healthcare workers, things are a bit of a mess right now.  Now, not only is the public worried about those previously stated concerns, we also have to be on the lookout for scams using COVID-19 as the ruse.  In… Read More

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Cyber Attack of the Week 05 – Hacking Group Plans to Cut Down on Attacks

  It appears that malicious hackers may in fact contain some amount of empathy for the world right now. Of course, in their own way and under their own circumstances.     Today for our cyber attack of the week article, we are breaking down something a little different. To begin, a hacking group named The Maze Team, decided to stop any of their malware attacks against healthcare facilities during the COVID-19 outbreak.    Who is The Maze Team?  Just to give you a little background, Maze is responsible for many ransomware based attacks against healthcare facilities. Not only that, but this group attacks a large assortment of businesses and… Read More

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Working Remote During COVID-19

  *Cue* Work from Home by Fifth Harmony in 3…2…1…   The Invisible Enemy Currently, the United States is battling the spread of COVID-19 or the coronavirus. The virus which originated in China, has now begun to spread across the globe in a strange and non discerning pattern. Not only that, but the spread of information, news coverage and availability of resources varies as well.  Nonetheless, the panic and unknown factors regarding what future actions and procedures are enacted, is causing our nation to take action the best it can. At the moment (specifically in Pennsylvania), all non essential to life businesses are being forced to close their doors.  For… Read More

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Cyber Attack of the Week 04 – Healthcare Agencies Targeted during COVID-19 Outbreak

  What happens when a healthcare agency is “infected”? Happy Friday, everyone! Sometimes, I think about the irony of that greeting when I’m getting ready to introduce and review a cyber attack. But nonetheless, this week we have two attacks on our hands.    CHUPD Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, cyber criminals are not taking a day off; not even for a pandemic. Further, the victims this week happen to be two forms of health care agencies. The first is The Champaign Urbana Public Health District, based in Illinois. Their website, which provides much information and resources on COVID-19, became the target of a ransomware attack.    Here’s the Breakdown: Who:… Read More

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Why are my apps asking for Bluetooth access?

  This application would like to access your device’s Bluetooth capabilities. Oh, and also your location, personal information, and the list goes on and on …    Bluetooth Access PLEASE To begin this article, not too long ago, I received an odd pop up on my iPhone (see image below).     The image shown above says that Ulta Beauty would like to use the Bluetooth access on my device. After quickly denying the access, I became quite puzzled.  Now, I thought that this was quite odd. For one, I was scrolling through Instagram at the time of the pop up, not while using the Ulta app. Also, I was not… Read More

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Cyber Attack of the Week 03 – Visser Precision LLC Breached, Tesla, SpaceX and other companies affected

  Another Friday, another data breach to discuss. This week, attackers shoot for the stars (somewhat literally).     Friday, March 13th We’re back again this Friday with a new Cyber Attack of the Week! This Friday, we have a bit of an avalanche effect on our hands. To begin, we have several companies that were caught in the middle of another organization’s cyber attack.  Continuing, the US based manufacturer, Visser Precision LLC fell victim to an attack that specifically targets manufacturing companies. The company became caught up in a ransomware attack. This type of situation led to private company documents being publicly available to view online.  Further, clients of… Read More

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The Clearview AI Controversy Breakdown

  Imagine someone being able to take your photo, and learn all your personal information. Scary right? This has to be impossible? In this day in age, something like this is possible through the company, Clearview AI.   As of recent, the tech startup, Clearview AI has been in the hot seat as far as data privacy goes. Why you may ask? Well, we will get into that in a little bit. First, let’s take a look at who Clearview AI is.   Who is Clearview AI? To begin, Clearview AI is a privately held, US based, facial recognition software company. The software they created is, in their words, “a… Read More

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Cyber Attack of the Week 02 – 10 Million MGM Grand Hotel Guests’ Information Exposed

  Malicious cyber criminals are at it once again. But this time, they are hoping to win the jackpot by attacking the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas… right?     The MGM (not so) Grand Hotel This week, the report of a massive data breach took over the internet. Further, in the hot seat this week, we have the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas.  To begin, the personal information of over 10 million guests of the MGM was breached. Continuing, the cloud server storing such information was accessed by unauthorized personnel. Then, uploaded and leaked to an online hacking forum. The… Read More

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