FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: June 24th-30th

Do you like our weekly series? We’re rounding up the most important events in cybersecurity every week to keep you informed.

This week’s round-up looks at the several public warnings different US federal departments and entities have had to make recently, and some new cybersecurity updates and tools we’re excited about.

So, what happened in cybersecurity this week?

  • US Senator Edward Markey wrote a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asking them to investigate Youtube’s alleged lack of protection of children who use the video streaming platform. Mackey writes “Considerable evidence suggests that YouTube has collected data about children in violation of federal law….” Read the full letter here, and make sure to check out our “Guide to Cybersecurity for the Whole Family” here
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  • The open-source media player VLC recently issued a whopping 33 security fixes in their latest security update, taking care of several critical flaws. FixMeTip: Take advantage of important new security features and fixes by regularly updating your software programs, operating system, and apps on your smartphones.
A screenshot of the popular VLC media player
  • Google launched a series of educational tools designed to help kids navigate the internet and new technologies safely. Included in their Be Internet Awesome initiative are lessons on how to spot fake news, starting data privacy at a young age, and how to avoid bullying others on social media.
A screenshot of Google’s new Be Internet Awesome campaign’s website.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to alert the public that specific networked medical devices have potential cybersecurity risks. They recommend that users of certain Medtronic MiniMed Insulin Pumps switch to better models with increased protection. Read the full warning here. 
  • The US Senate released a warning to the public regarding the cybersecurity defense failures in the federal government. The report followed an almost year-long investigation into cybersecurity measures taken by different federal departments – and the results were not good. Find out all of the vulnerabilities discovered here

That’s all for this week, FixMeFans! Remember to share this article with friends who you think would find this interesting.