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Over 100 Million Accounts Exposed in Evite Breach
More than 100 million users of Evite
were exposed after the company’s servers were compromised earlier this year.
While the company doesn’t store financial information, plenty of other
personally identifiable information was found in the leaked database dump. The
initial figures for the breach were thought to be much lower, as another
database dump of 10 million Evite users was found on an underground marketplace
around the time they discovered the unauthorized access, though that site was
shut down soon after.
American Express Suffers Phishing Attack
Express customers recently fell victim to an email phishing attack that used
the uncommon tactic of hiding the URL domain when hovering over the hyperlink.
The attack itself, which requests the victim open a hyperlink to verify their
personal information before re-routing them to a malicious site, was reliably full
of spelling and grammar mistakes. The phishing landing page, though, looks
nearly identical to the real American Express site and even has a drop-down
list to catch multiple types of user accounts.
NHS Worries Over XP Machines
Over five years after Microsoft officially ceased support
XP, the UK government has revealed that there are still over 2,000 XP
machines still being used by its National Health Services (NHS). Even after
becoming one of the largest targets of the 2017 WannaCry attacks, the NHS has
been incredibly slow to roll out both patches and full operating sytem upgrades.
While the number of effected systems, the NHS has over 1.4 million computers
under their control and is working to get all upgraded to Windows 10.
Google Defends Monitoring of Voice Commands
Following a media leak of over 1,000 voice
recordings, Google is being forced to defend their policy of having
employees monitor all “OK Google” queries. After receiving the leaked
recordings, a news organization in Belgium was able to positively identify
several individuals, many of whom were having conversations that shouldn’t have
been saved by the Google device in the first place. The company argues that
they need language experts to review the queries and correct any accent or
language nuances that may be missing from the automated response.
Monroe College Struck with Ransomware
All campuses of Monroe College were affected by a ransomware attack late last week that took down many of their computer systems. The attackers then demanded a ransom of $2 million, though it doesn’t appear that the college will cave to such exorbitant demands. Currently, the college’s systems are still down, but officials have been working to contact affected students and connect them with the proper assistance with finishing any coursework disrupted by the attack.