FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: Sept 30th – Oct 6th

It’s Tuesday FixMeFans, which means it’s time for this week’s Cybersecurity Roundup! We want to keep you informed of all the cybersecurity news from last week, including, an attack targeting a 2020 presidential candidate, some cybersecurity concerns from Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Facebook’s push back on the European Union’s Court ruling, and much more. Keep reading for more details!

Microsoft has concluded that an attack called Phosphorus, has targeted a 2020 presidential candidate. The attack was made between August and September and only President Trump and Mark Sanford have come out as being Microsoft email users.

It has not been identified which candidate has been targeted, although it is evident that 27,000 attempts to hack into Microsoft email accounts were made.

Where is the attack coming from? Click HERE for more details. Be sure to protect your email account by setting unique, complex passwords for all your accounts.

Although cybersecurity has been a priority for the United States’ Government Agencies for some time, Jeanette Manfra, the assistant director of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), states:

“It’s a national security risk that we don’t have the talent regardless of whether it’s in the government or the private sector.”

With the increasing hacking cases and data breaches, Manfra believes it’s crucial that more trained individuals enter the cybersecurity industry and that awareness is raised in the public. Read the full story here.

Following up on last week’s cybersecurity roundup story, with the European Union’s Court ruling on the “right to be forgotten” legislation, this week we saw a push back from Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg is threatening a lawsuit on the grounds of violation of freedom of expression, and the role internet companies should play in monitoring user activity online. Click here for more details!

A new ransomware called Ryuk, recently attacked 3 hospitals in Ontario, Canada. This malicious software attacks computer networks but remains invisible to most users, making it very hard to detect! The files it corrupts are locked and remain inaccessible until the user pays the ransom amount requested.

Make sure to continue using your antivirus software in conjunction with regular FixMeStick scans to protect against recent circulating malware!  If you don’t currently have antivirus software, you should definitely look into getting one today! Click here to get an exclusive discount on our recommended antivirus software, McAfee Total Protection!

If you follow our Facebook page, you already know that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! It’s important to be aware of all of the latest viruses that have been circulating the cyber world, especially if you have just purchased a new computer! In addition to antivirus protection software and regular FixMeStick scans, check out this article from Sophos (one of the scanners on FixMeStick) for some tips on how to keep your new computer safe from malware.

That’s it for this week’s cybersecurity news update! Check back next Tuesday for more another roundup of the latest cybersecurity news stories that could be impacting you online!