FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: August 11th – August 17th

Hey there, FixMeFans and StartMeStars! We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. We’re back with another edition of our weekly roundup where we deliver the most recent comings and goings of the cybersecurity world.

This week we’re coming to you with news concerning the UK’s most recent statement on facial recognition, Russian Linux hackers, and how hackers stole 1 terabyte of data from a billion-dollar liquor company.

The use of facial recognition technology hasn’t been sitting well with many people – seeing as the UK recently passed a bill limiting the use of said technology.

While similar bills have also been passed in states such as Washington, the UK is among the first global powers that are seeing the consequences associated with the technology, deeming that facial recognition technology and its uses infringe on private life. 

However, though these bills do limit the use of facial recognition technology, the technology itself is not outright banned, though it is unclear how it will be used in the future.

Curious? You can read up on the situation here.

According to reports from the FBI and NSA, Russian state hackers have recently released a new form of malware.

The virus, dubbed Drovorub, is said to have been used by Russian military hackers in order to grant access to hacked networks. While this form of malware shouldn’t be of concern to the average individual, reports indicate that IT professionals in both the public and private sectors should be aware of the malware’s capabilities, as it poses a serious risk to sensitive information.

You can read into the malware here!

It seems that the REvil ransomware has found its latest victim, the multi-billion dollar alcohol company Brown-Forman, known for its brands such as Jack Daniel’s, Finlandia vodka and Korbel champagne.

According to reports, the REvil were able to gain access to Brown-Forman’s systems, and in turn, were able to explore and monitor all the company’s systems and devices. However, according to representatives, the hackers were soon found out and booted from the system before they were able to encrypt any files.

Although the hackers weren’t able to encrypt anything, they still managed to extract a terabyte of data from the system, which is now being used as leverage to extort payment from the company.

With that being said, if you believe yourself to be infected, we recommend checking out our quick guide on dealing with ransomware!

You can read up further on the situation here!

That’s all for this week’s roundup folks! We hope you’re staying safe with all that’s going on, especially when it comes to your cybersecurity!

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