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Orvis Internal Credentials Leaked
One of America’s oldest retailers recently discovered that a
database containing login
credentials for numerous internal systems was publicly available for an
unknown amount of time. Why the database was publicly accessible at all is
still unclear, but the retailer has determined that many credentials were for
decommissioned devices. They managed to resolve the security dilemma for the
remaining devices relatively quickly.
Mexican Oil Company Hit by Ransomware Attack
A few days ago, Pemex
Oil was targeted by a ransomware attack that, according to reports,
affected 5% of their computer systems. The demanded ransom, as displayed by the
note left by the DoppelPaymer ransomware variant, was 565 bitcoins, or roughly
$4.9 million. Fortunately, Pemex had a decent security strategy in place and
was able to get their operations running normally by the following day.
Facebook Bug Turns on iPhone Cameras
The latest bug from Facebook
is one that turns on the user’s iPhone camera when they open the Facebook app.
It appears the bug only works on phones running iOS version 13.2.2, and for
users who accepted permissions to allow the app to access the camera.
Unfortunately for Facebook, many of its users are already wary of the company’s
privacy policies, and so-called “bugs” like this one only serve to increase the
level of distrust within its customer base.
PureLocker Ported to All Major Operating Systems
A new ransomware
variant, PureLocker, has been successfully ported from Windows® operating
systems to both MacOS® and Linux® systems with the typical capacity to fully
encrypt all discovered files. Researchers have found that it encrypts files on
compromised systems using .CR1 as the file extension, a tag which also appears
in the text-based ransom note. This may be tied to a particular affiliate, as
PureLocker is being distributed as Ransomware-as-a-Service.
Cyberattack on UK Labour Party
Officials for the UK
Labour Party have issued a statement regarding a cyberattack on their
computer systems, though it appears that the security they had in place was
enough to repel the attack. While they are still unsure as to the origin of the
attack, they were able to determine that it was a DDoS attack (Distributed
Denial of Service), which floods the targeted systems with an overwhelming
amount of cyber-traffic.