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Leaky Pharma Giant Database Exposes Personal Information of US Prescription-Drug Users

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has been exposing private medical information of US prescription-drug users for months, according to vpnMentor’s cybersecurity research team. The sensitive data was stored on a misconfigured Google Cloud Storage bucket. Researchers even found some information dating back to October 2018, speculating that the database...

NCSC Says GRU Operatives Attacked 2018 and 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) says that operatives of Russia’s GRU military intelligence service performed cyber reconnaissance directed at the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, which had been scheduled to take place this summer. The COVID-19 pandemic changed the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games organizers’ plans, which postponed...

Montreal’s Public Transport Service Hit by Ransomware Attack

Société de transport de Montréal (STM) has suffered a ransomware attack that crippled most of its computer systems, the public transport agency disclosed earlier this week. As of Monday afternoon, the STM website was inaccessible, and users were redirected to lastm.info, where they can check for updates on the cyberattack and customer service...

NSA Walks IT Admins Through Common Vulnerabilities Exploited by Chinese State-Sponsored Hackers

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has issued a cybersecurity advisory listing a range of vulnerabilities known to be recently leveraged by Chinese state-sponsored actors to hack US entities. Most of the vulnerabilities listed by the agency “can be exploited to gain initial access to victim networks using products that are directly accessible...

Twitter 2020 Hack Caused by Fake VPN Login Page

The investigative report of the infamous Twitter hack of July 2020 has revealed that the attackers used social engineering skills and phishing links to dupe remote Twitter employees into providing their credentials. On July 15, 2020, a 17-year old hacker and his accomplices seized control of dozens of high-profile users’ accounts, including Barack...

FBI Warns of 63 Spoofed Domains Impersonating the US Census Bureau

Cybercriminals register fake US Census Bureau domains to dupe unsuspecting citizens to provide personal information and install malware, the FBI warns. In a flash alert published in coordination with the federal government statistical agency, the FBI notes that they have observed around 63 domains impersonating the US Census Bureau. Partial...

Albion Online gamers told to change passwords following forum hack

Hacker exploited forum vulnerability, and offered stolen database for salePlayers advised to change their passwords Sandbox Interactive, the developers of the free medieval fantasy video game Albion Online, have warned players that a hacker managed to break into its systems and gain access to its user database. In a post on the Albion...

Rapper Who Bragged About Defrauding US CARES Act Program Could Face Up to 22 Years in Prison

A rapper who bragged about fleecing the US Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) on YouTube was arrested for allegedly defrauding the government of $1.2 million in benefits, the Department of Justice (DOJ) disclosed on Friday. According to a press release, Fontrell Antonio Baines, AKA “Nuke Bizzle,” is accused of fraudulently applied for unemployment...

BBB Warns of Health Insurance Open Enrollment Scams

With health insurance open enrollment season just around the corner, US consumers preparing to change or add to their health coverage should watch out for scammers, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns. According to the consumer protection organization, fraudsters call unsuspecting citizens and pose as official Medicare agents or “health care...

Having Saved Credit Card Details in Plaintext Since 2015, British Airways Is Fined £20 Million

British Airways broke data protection laws, and failed to detect attack for more than two monthsSensitive information left exposed with no encryption British Airways has been fined £20 million (US $26 million) following a data breach which saw its systems hacked and the personal and payment card information of 400,000 customers stolen. ...

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