Data breaches, bitcoin, cloud computing updates… there was a lot of technology news this month, so you likely missed a few stories. Don’t worry because we’ve gathered the top cybersecurity – related news that occurred in the month of February that you need to know.
SolarWinds Blames Intern for 2020 Hack: Late last year, SolarWinds experienced a massive cybersecurity breach when foreign hackers launched a supply chain hack affecting over 33,000 customers. After an investigation, the company believes the hack was due to an intern’s weak password – “solarwinds123” from 2017. The password was accessible on their GitHub account that was leaking the FTP credentials of the company’s website.
Hackers Infiltrated Computer System Within Florida Water Treatment Facility: Hackers successfully penetrated the computer system at the water treatment facility of the state of Florida and remotely changed a setting that dramatically altered the levels of sodium hydroxide in the water. The concentration levels they changed could have been potentially poisonous had the facility not managed to catch the manipulation in real-time.
Criminals Targeting QuickBooks Databases: Cybercriminals are targeting small and midsize businesses by launching phishing attacks to gain access to organizations’ QuickBooks accounts. Stolen files are currently being sold on the Dark Web.
Universal Health Services Disclosed They Lost $67 Million Due to Ransomware Attack: A ransomware attack last fall cost Universal Health Services $67 million in losses. Hackers suspended user access to several IT applications which caused staff to divert ambulance traffic and cancel scheduled procedures which contributed to the loss.
Malware Infected on 30,000 Apple Macs: A piece of malicious software was found in about 30,000 Macs running Intel x86_64. The malware was called “Silver Sparrow.”
61% of Malware is Delivered Via Cloud Apps: Research confirms that the majority of malware is being delivered via cloud applications. Leading applications include Microsoft, OneDrive, Amazon, and SharePoint.
Kia Motors Faces $20 Million Ransomware Attack: Kia experienced a nationwide IT outage when hit with a DoppelPaymer ransomware attack in which hackers demanded $20 million in order for the systems to be decrypted and stolen data not to be leaked.
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