FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: May 27 – June 2

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

Welcome back to another cybersecurity round-up! Read on to learn about how governments are moving forward with cybersecurity spending and lawmaking, which platforms have had data leaks, and more!

So, what happened this week?

  • We are no stranger to tech support scams, but the recent charges against 3 hackers who allegedly targeted and scammed elderly folk out of more than $1.3 million have us reeling. The FBI filed a complaint claiming that the hackers have been operating their cold-calling tech support scam since 2013. Read our article for 6 ways to spot a tech support scam here.
  • The US Senate passed (97-1) an Anti-Robocalling bill that is designed to use large disciplinary fines to the perpetrators of these frustrating automated calls.  Criminals charged under the new Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act will be fined up to $10,000.
  • A new cybersecurity industry report released last week included several interesting findings; including the calculation that the global government market for data cybersecurity would be worth almost $64 billion by 2024.
  • Another week, another platform that became subject to user data theft. Canva (a content creation platform) published a security incident report discussing the data stolen in the recent attack against them; mostly unique usernames, emails, and encrypted passwords of their users. If you have a Canva account, make sure to update your password just in case!
The Canva platform.
  • In the wake of the recent and debilitating attack on the Baltimore City municipality, cities globally are looking to increase their spending on cybersecurity measures. Last week, Fredericton, New Brunswick (in Canada) agreed to approximately $100,000 in extra spending yearly on cybersecurity upgrades.

That’s all we have this week for the weekly round-up! Be sure to share with your friends to make sure they’re protected.