Security breaches are becoming more and more common. Even a new type of hacker called the “advanced persistent threat” takes over your computer, steals your data, and can’t be removed without professional help. The average person has no idea how to protect themselves from these threats. That is why we have compiled this list of cyber security news stories that will keep you up-to-date on what’s going on in the world of cybercrime.
Global cyber security news stories to keep you up-to-date
Blackshades RAT used to spy on webcam users by hacking into computers through Facebook Messenger or Skype chats – BlackShades was designed for spying purposes but ended up being bought by anyone looking for access to someone’s computer. This cyber security news story is alarming. The RAT was used to spy on webcam users by hacking into computers through Facebook Messenger or Skype chats (BBC News).
Password manager LastPass suffered a cyber attack that allowed malicious hackers access to user accounts – Cybersecurity experts are warning people about cyber attacks like this one and how they can be prevented with stronger passwords, better email protection, and two-factor authentication. Password managers like LastPass make it easy for you to create strong passwords. Still, if your password gets compromised because of weak cybersecurity, then all those strong passwords won’t help you much (Tech Times).
Devon, IT hacked: ransomware cyber-attack hits over 20 million records — More than 80 percent of small businesses in America alone use technology to conduct business (Tech Times).
Microsoft cyber-attack: Windows vulnerability left open for at least five years — The cyber security experts are warning that the “WannaCry” cyber-attack is just scratching the surface of what’s possible because many companies don’t realize how vulnerable they are – even those with skilled cyber security teams (Forbes)
Hackers may have breached voting software supplier company days before the election — It has been reported by Reuters recently that a cyber attack on an electronic poll book manufacturer, which produces equipment used by over half of US states to manage voter registration, was successful. If this information gets into malicious hands, it could be problematic (Reuters).
Malwarebytes Labs discovers malware-as-a-service called SatainPOS – cybercriminals are using SataiPOS, which is malware used to steal credit card information. This was found by Malwarebyte Labs (Malwarebytes).
The automotive industry is urged to protect vehicles against cyber-attack. There are many vulnerabilities in cars that cyber security experts have warned about recently. These include taking over the vehicle remotely and unlocking it, changing radio stations or ringing a number on speakerphone without touching any buttons, disabling airbags, etc. Cyber security should be taken seriously when it comes to the automotive industry because all these cyber-attacks could cause severe damage if they were successful(Reuters)
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