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700 million LinkedIn user records are now being sold to hackers

700 million LinkedIn user records are now being sold to hackers

Social networks are often associated with a younger demographic and unprofessional behavior, but the term technically includes even networks used for more serious matters. For more than a decade now, LinkedIn's name has become synonymous with professional networking, the kind of thing you'd often do at parties and social gatherings, except completely online. It might not be as big as a catch as Facebook, but that still makes LinkedIn a prime target for hacks and leaks, as shown by this latest incident involving 700 million user records.

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WD My Book Live mass-wipe might have been due to a zero-day bug

WD My Book Live mass-wipe might have been due to a zero-day bug

Very few things in modern computing probably scare people more than the thought of losing years of data in a blink of an eye. That nightmare, unfortunately, became a reality for thousands of owners of Western Digital's discontinued My Book Live storage last week. Years' worth of files, photos, videos, and everything in between were remotely erased because of some malicious actors that may have been competing with each other. What makes matters worse is that Western Digital itself may have had a hand in actually enabling one of two vulnerabilities that made this remote mass-wipe possible.

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WD My Book Live NAS devices are being reformatted remotely

WD My Book Live NAS devices are being reformatted remotely

Nothing is scarier than the idea of losing years' worth of data in a blink of an eye, whether through the loss of physical storage or, in this case, the deletion of said data. Owners of Western Digital's old My Book Live storage are unfortunately living that very nightmare as they suddenly discover their external drives wiped clean. It turns out they may have been the victims of a malicious hacker that simply deleted their data, no ransoms asked.

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Volkswagen data breach leaks information on 3.3 million customers

Volkswagen data breach leaks information on 3.3 million customers

Volkswagen has found itself in hot water multiple times in the last few years, most notably for dieslegate scandal where it was cheating emissions. Volkswagen has now announced another problem with a data breach at a vendor that has impacted more than 3.3 million customers and potential customers in North America. Almost all of the information leaked was of current or potential customers of Audi, which is owned by VW.

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Cyberpunk 2077 dev CD Projekt hack was apparently really bad

Cyberpunk 2077 dev CD Projekt hack was apparently really bad

It seems that CD Projekt RED, once the darling of "big" indie game developers, oxymoronic as that may sound, can't really catch a break. Loved for its The Witcher RPG series, the Polish game dev house has now become associated less favorably as a giant publisher, one that also happens to own the old Good Old Games or GOG. The disastrous launch of Cyberpunk 2077 may have been a terrible experience for many gamers but now even its own employees may be at risk after revealing that a massive data breach earlier this year may have actually been worse than they first thought.

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Another American company has shelled out millions to ransomware hackers

Another American company has shelled out millions to ransomware hackers

JBS USA confirmed this week that it paid the equivalent of $11 million in ransom in response to what it calls a "criminal hack" against its operations. When it paid out the massive ransom, the company says the majority of its facilities were operational. JBS says that it consulted with internal IT professionals and third-party cybersecurity experts and chose to pay the ransom to mitigate any unforeseen issues related to the attack and ensure none of its data was exfiltrated.

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FBI names JBS hackers as big meat processor fights ransomware

FBI names JBS hackers as big meat processor fights ransomware

The FBI has named hacking group REvil as responsible for the recent JBS cyberattack, insisting that fighting online crime is one of the agency's "highest priorities." The attack was announced over the weekend, with JBS - the world's largest meat processing company - confirming its servers for operations in North America and Australia had been targeted.

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US government warns: Stop filling plastic bags with gasoline

US government warns: Stop filling plastic bags with gasoline

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission was put in a position this week where they needed to issue a warning to citizens. May 12, 2021, at 9AM, the USCPSC released a warning: "Do not fill plastic bags with gasoline." The followed up with another warning: "Use only containers approved for fuel." Why, you might wonder, would anyone EVER fill a plastic bag full of gasoline?

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New WiFi Frag Attacks and one simple way to be safe

New WiFi Frag Attacks and one simple way to be safe

A bit of research was published this week about a security issue now called Frag Attacks. It's a security issue that apparently could be gone by now, if companies that use or associate with WiFi internet connectivity made the effort to update their protocols and keep their hardware up-to-date, but here we are. Security researchers in Belgium revealed the vulnerabilities and showed how some of these insecure bits have been insecure for the last two decades (or more!)

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Colonial Pipeline hack: Gas woes loom as feds take emergency steps

Colonial Pipeline hack: Gas woes loom as feds take emergency steps

A huge cyberattack that has taken four key fuel pipelines into the US offline has prompted emergency steps by the US government, amid warnings that the key infrastructure could be offline until the end of the week or beyond. The hack of Colonial Pipeline on May 7 saw ransomware installed on the company's systems, with the FBI already pinpointing DarkSide as responsible for the unexpected shutdown.

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App Store XCodeGhost malware details revealed in Fortnite trial

App Store XCodeGhost malware details revealed in Fortnite trial

It's not unusual for companies to experience data breaches that put their customers at risk. When that company happens to own the one and only sanction app store for its platform, however, then it becomes a rather scary prospect. That is always one of the risks of Apple's App Store when the tools used to upload apps are themselves infected with malware, which is what happened almost six years ago with the XCodeGhost incident whose details are only surfacing now thanks to a lawsuit involving Fortnite of all things.

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Apple AirTag can be hacked but it’s not as bad as it sounds

Apple AirTag can be hacked but it’s not as bad as it sounds

Given its hard stance on security and privacy, it's really no surprise that Apple's latest accessories are being put under a microscope, both technically and even legally by the likes of Tile. The AirTag trackers, after all, are in a prime position to become spying tools and some hackers and security researchers seem to want to test whether that will indeed be the case. Based on a revelation over the weekend, the AirTag could indeed be reprogrammed but the process and the end result might not yet be worth the worry.

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