FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: December 29th – January 4th

Hey there, FixMeFans and StartMeStars! Happy New Year! We’re back with our first weekly roundup of the year, where we deliver the most recent comings and goings in the cybersecurity world.

This week we’re dealing with more COVID-19 threats, especially as the vaccine continues to slowly be rolled out. As well as more news concerning the recent cyberattack against the US government.

As the COVID-19 vaccines continue to be distributed across the world, cyber criminals are using this vulnerable moment as a means to exploit anyone they can.

Recently, the US Treasury issued an alert to warn financial institutions of cyberattacks related to COVID-19 vaccines – its two main concerns? Fraud and phishing attacks.

According to the alert, scammers have been promising individuals early access to the vaccine as long as a fee is paid beforehand. The scammers would then prompt victims to provide personal information, namely credit card details and other private personal information.

While individuals should be extra careful regarding these scams, officials warn that there is also a considerably high risk for businesses and organizations as well. Recently, cyber criminals have been targeting individuals for confidential information and then using the acquired information to gain further access to private networks.

Since the onset of the pandemic, hospitals and healthcare facilities have also seen a substantial rise in the amount of cyberattacks they’ve been dealing with. Unfortunately, that number has only continued to rise, as reports now show a 45% increase in attacks targeting healthcare organizations globally.

With all the events surrounding the pandemic, it seems as though cyber criminals are constantly finding ways to target and exploit the most vulnerable.

Curious? You can read up on the situation here!

A few weeks ago, reports surfaced regarding a huge cyberattack launched against various government organizations in the US. While officials have been quick to address and rectify the issue, it appears that the executives of SolarWinds are now being hit with a class action lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that the company lied and misled its customers about security practices which inevitably led to the breach of its program, Orion. While SolarWinds had been raising its prices to reflect its heightened security, its security practices had actually left it increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Alongside poor security practices, the complaint alleges that SolarWinds executives downplayed what they had known about the cyberattack, omitting key details and their own faulty security practices.

You can read more about the lawsuit here, and check up on our own report on the cyberattack while you’re at it!

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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