FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: July 8th – 14th

Another week, another cybersecurity round-up from us here at FixMeStick. We hope you like our weekly series.

Oh boy, this week was a busy one for cybersecurity! We saw some shocking government-implemented fines, company statements on potential misuse of user data, the death of a prominent figure in computer science, and much more! 

So, what happened this week? 

  • Fernando José Corbató, also known as Corby in the world of computer technology, died at the age of 93. Corby’s advances in computer science are the reason why we have Linux and Android operating systems today. Fun fact: The FixMeStick runs on a Linux operating system!
Fernando José Corbató
  • The United States Coast Guard released a statement on a ruthless cyber attack that targeted the on-board systems of a large international vessel. While the crew remains unharmed, the Coast Guard maintained their concern about the potentially catastrophic effects of a future attack on a ship’s computer systems.
  • In a shocking show of the UK’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) increasing affects, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has announced a fine of $123 million on Marriott for the breach that left more than 500 million of their guests’ data vulnerable, and a fine of $229.34 million on British Airways for a breach of their user data that happened in September 2018.
  • Apple released the information that they were disabling the Walkie-Talkie app on the Apple Watch out of concerns that the app “could allow someone to listen through another customer’s iPhone without consent.” Read their full statement here
  • Sophos recently released an article illuminating Amazon and Google’s collection of user information through accidental recordings via home assistant devices. The information collected is only shared with engineers at each company, but most of this information will stay on their servers indefinitely. With the rise of devices like the Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa, these concerns begin to hold more and more weight. You can read the full article here.  
The Google Home Mini

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