FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: Dec 30th – Jan 5th

Happy New Year FixMeFans and StartMeStars! Welcome back to our weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up! We’ve got some interesting stories for you this week including a password reset warning from Cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex, more details on one of the largest data misuse scandals, concerns about the coming U.S. election and much more!

A Twitter warning was sent by the Cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex urging users to reset their passwords. This was in response to a list presented by crooks of leaked emails and passwords. It appears this list was from a previous breach and there is no evidence that these accounts were in fact hacked using this list of passwords. For more details on this story click here.

Whether a legitimate breach or not, a threat of a breach is reason enough to take proper password precautions if you aren’t already. Click here for our tips in creating safe, strong passwords for all your accounts!

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You’ve probably heard about one of the biggest data misuse scandals to date? Cambridge Analytica used stolen Facebook data to target voters for President Donald Trump’s campaign in the 2016 U.S. election. Questions remain about how Cambridge Analytica got access to this data and whether some of Facebook’s insider staff were aware of the breach.

More details are being uncovered about this leak and Former Cambridge Analytica business development director Kaiser, is advocating for greater Facebook features in order to prevent a similar breach in this year’s coming election. Get more details on this top story here to find out how this could affect this year’s U.S. election!

Iran seeks revenge on the U.S. after the killing of a key Iranian military commander. Warning of a possible cyberattack on U.S. institutions appears on the horizon. With assistance from the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the U.S. attempts to build up its security in preparation for an incoming attack.

Christopher Krebs, director of the CISA states that the Iranians are “looking to do much more than just steal data and money.” Iranian cyberattacks, Krebs says, “can quickly become a situation where you’ve lost your whole network.” Read the full story here!

The newest Samsung smartphone release date has been officially set to February 1st, 2020. The name of the modern device is to be determined between two alternatives, either the S11 a more traditional branding or, the S20 to spice things up a little.

Rumors of its functions have been collected and are as follows: an even larger screen than previous versions, numerous camera upgrades, and a new and improved battery life. Samsung has chosen to reinforce the folding feature on the new device (click here for a visual of this) and improve upon last year’s issues.

An exciting announcement for all Samsung lovers, click here for more talk about the new device! Don’t forget though as new devices emerge, and security features improve, smartphones are still at risk of malware infections! Click here for our tips on how to keep your smartphone secure. 

Alright, that’s it for this week’s cybersecurity roundup! We’ll be back with more interesting cyber-news next Tuesday. Bye for now!