FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: Oct 21st-27th

Hello FixMeFans! A lot has happened in the world of cybersecurity this week. We’re here to keep you up-to-date with this week’s Cybersecurity Round-Up. Several organizations were the victims of malware attacks or hacking this week: Avast, The American Cancer Society, and NordVPN. Meanwhile Windows 10 has announced another security feature designed to keep your computer secure, even before it boots up.

The popular virtual private network (VPN) company, NordVPN, confirmed it was the victim of a cyber attack.

  • The bad news: NordVPN looks like it was one of a few VPN companies that was the victim of a cyberattack in the past few months.
  • The good news: the company has a zero logs policy, which means the data of its users (passwords, usernames, etc.) is completely safe, and the company has put extra security measures in place since the breach. Read the full story here.

Like any breach, you can’t be too careful so update those passwords just in case. If you’ve purchased NordVPN from us and have any questions or concerns please shoot us an email: support@fixmestick.com.

A report by Wandera revealed 17 malicious applications that made their way into the Apple App Store. Android users faced this issue a few weeks ago, which we discussed here. Originally believed to be a Trojan, this adware avoided detection by only activating once a phone had been on and running for a few days. For the full list of applications, click here.

The antivirus company, Avast, was the victim of another cyber attack this week. The first one was in 2017, which you can read more about by clicking here. Unlike with NordVPN, the hacker did manage to gain access to privileges that would give them control over the network. Avast believes that the target of the attack was CCleaner, a program used to remove malware from PCs, which was also the target of the 2017 attack.

If you ever think you still have a virus after running a FixMeStick, let us know and can remote connect and manually remove it for free so you don’t have to worry about downloading additional software.

To find exactly what information was compromised, and how Avast is handling the breach, click here

Credit card stealing malware was found on the website of the American Cancer Society last week. At this time it is unknown how many users were affected or how long the malware was present. If you have made any recent donations to them, we suggest contacting your credit card company right away. For more information on the breach, click here.

A new Windows 10 feature will  protect your computer even before it turns on! With the Windows 10 operating system came the collection of more data, for the purpose of increasing security,  and it looks like this data is being put to serious use.

See our original blog post about Windows 10 data collection here. Windows Defender System Guard and Secured-Core PC dedicated to stopping firmware attacks, which are incredibly difficult to remove, and are becoming increasingly more common. Click here to find out more about this new feature.

That’s all for this week! Have a question or want more information about something? Send us an email or chat with us on our website. See you next week!