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Zoom Video Software Targeted by Hackers
With much of the professional world now telecommuting,
hackers have taken notice and are finding vulnerabilities within Zoom’s
software to hijack online meetings. Over 400 new domains have been registered
through Zoom in just the last month, of which many have been found to contain
suspicious content or activity. Other adware variants have been found spoofing
Microsoft’s Teams videoconferencing while performing malicious activities in
Microsoft Takes Steps to Prevent Ransomware Attacks on Healthcare
In a push to limit the spread of ransomware throughout the
healthcare industry, Microsoft
has begun reaching out to hospitals that have public-facing VPNs or other remote-access
services that could allow malicious activity when improperly setup. With
hospitals already overwhelmed with the current pandemic, a ransomware attack shutting
down their systems for any time could be devastating. In the end, it comes down
to these organizations taking this notification seriously and locking down any unsecure
devices or networks.
Georgian Citizens’ Data Exposed
A popular hacker forum recently received sensitive details
on over 4.9 million alive and deceased citizens of the country of Georgia.
It is still unclear where the database originated, but one of the users posting
the leaked data claims it did not come from the country’s election commission.
Much of the information stored in the database could be easily used to identify
and locate any number of individuals. More worryingly, the criminals could use the
data belonging to more than 1 million deceased individuals for illicit means.
Marriott Leaks Data of 5.2 Million Customers
Officials have been working over the past month to identify
the source of a data leak from an internal Marriott
International application, which may have compromised the data of over 5
million customers. While the app itself didn’t collect payment of personal
information, it did contain basic contact info and other hotel-related
information. Fortunately, Marriott International has begun offering credit
monitoring services for all affected clients and has pushed a mandatory
password reset for their loyalty programs.
YouTube Accounts Hacked to Promote Scams
accounts were recently hijacked and renamed to variations of ‘Microsoft’
while streaming hours of cryptocurrency scams, all while pretending to be Bill
Gates. These types of scams used to be extremely common on Twitter but have
dropped off in recent years as the platform implemented security measures, so
the scammers have switched to a more forgiving platform. Microsoft commented
that the hijacked channels neither belonged to them, nor were they affiliated
in any way.