FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: August 4th – August 10th

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 bringing you news about a ransomware hacker being arrested in Belarus, more updates concerning the infamous Twitter hack, and the ongoing situation between TikTok and the US government.

If you’ve never had the misfortune of dealing with ransomware, consider yourself lucky. However, for those of you that have, there’s one less threat to worry about! Recently law enforcement has announced the arrest of the cybercriminal behind the GandCrab ransomware attacks.

GandCrab was most prevalent during 2017 and 2018, and would often demand ransoms ranging from $400 to $1500 once it had infected a victim’s computer. GandCrab typically infected individuals through booby-trapped spam emails and is said to have reached hundreds of countries across the world.

Curious? You can read up on the situation here.

On August 5th, one of the Twitter hackers from the infamous celebrity Twitter scam faced his bail hearing, however the event didn’t go through without some strange interference.

Although current circumstances prevent the bail hearing from taking place in a physical court, this has instead provided trolls with enough fuel to launch their own mischief. The bail hearing was actually held via Zoom meeting, which was inevitably not hosted with the highest security precautions.

Trolls ended up zoombombing the meeting, bombarding the bail hearing with music, yelling, and even blasting clips of pornography. 

Despite all of this, the bail hearing proceeded, and the accused hacker ended up having his bail request denied, though he is still able to pay bail without having the legality of his funds inspected.

You can read up on the situation here!

Recently, TikTok’s new chief executive Kevin Mayer has made a statement pledging that their content moderation algorithms would be made public, ensuring that the company will be responsible and committed to following US laws.

This statement comes after recent allegations that the company has been sharing data with the Chinese government, and the White House even going as far as considering banning the app.

In his statement, Mayer has advocated that TikTok will be launching its own Transparency and Accountability Center, designed for moderation and data practices.

However, in a time where data collection and moderation is a fairly common practice, its interesting to see how TikTok’s accusations of data collection compare to the giants of the tech world, such as Facebook and Google.

If you’re interested, you can read up 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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