FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: August 18th – August 24th

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 a new cybercriminal gang, new Apple and Google contact-tracing apps, and how over 200 million Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube profiles have been exposed in a massive data leak.

Despite only being active for the past few weeks, Darkside ransomware has been allegedly targeting many high profile accounts and raking in some big bucks, with one victim apparently shelling out close to $1 million.

According to reports, the Darkside cybercriminal group have been dabbling with ransomware for quite some time, though only recently have they made moves with their current alias. With ransom demands ranging from $200,000 to over $1 million, these cybercriminals tend to only go for the lucrative attacks, carefully planning which victims are likely to payout.

Curious? You can read more on Darkside here.

As the pandemic continues to push forward, many countries are coming up with ways to minimize the spread while returning to normal life. With the use of contact-tracing apps, governments are able to map the spread of COVID-19 through data-tracing technology, and now Apple and Google have officially entered the race with their own contact-tracing apps

The main criticism with the contact-tracing apps is the notion that government and healthcare agencies will be able to gather data on individuals, though with the new Apple and Google apps, it is still a possibility that the data acquired by these tech giants won’t remain private.

If you’re interested, you can read up on the new apps here!

According to recent reports, an unsecured database has left almost 235 million Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube user profiles exposed online in a massive data leak.

It appears that various online indexes had been accidentally overwritten, resulting in millions of profiles being exposed online. Though the data leak is likely not malicious in any way, it nevertheless provides potential hackers with the necessary data to steal account information and hack an individual’s account.

You can read more about the data leak 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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