FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: Feb 9th – 15th

Hey there, FixMeFans and StartMeStars! 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 regarding a data breach with nearly 3.2 billion emails and passwords being leaked, how drones may become equipped with facial recognition technology, and how North Korean hackers attempted to steal Covid-19 vaccine information from Pfizer.

Code language on a computer screen.

Now being called the biggest breach of all time, COMB, or the Compilation of Many Breaches, contains more than 3.2 billion unique pairs of emails and passwords. With close to 4.7 billion people online, the data breach has the potential to affect nearly 70% of the global internet population.

Initially posted on a hacking forum in early February, the data breach contains billions of user credentials from past leaks. In includes data from the likes of Netflix, LinkedIn, Exploit.in, and Bitcoin. However, the breach is not a new data breach, but rather a compilation of emails and passwords retained from previous data breaches over the years.

Curious? You can read more about the data breach here.

A drone flying

The use of facial recognition technology has always been a highly debated subject. While some of its uses are fairly innocent and efficient (such as being able to unlock your smartphone), recently it’s come under fire for its use amongst surveillance companies and law enforcement.

Currently drones equipped with facial recognition software are being developed by Israeli surveillance companies, and now even the American police forces are thinking of using similar technology. The new tech is geared to use prime angles for facial recognition scanning and then run the scanned images through facial recognition data bases.

While the technology hasn’t been released yet, reports indicate that the product has been built. It is ready for deployment once public opinion has warmed to the idea of drones and facial recognition tech.

You can read more about the situation here!

Image of North Korean flags flying.

Recently, North Korean hackers tried to Steal Covid-19 vaccine information from Pfizer. This is the latest move in a string of attacks launched by the country since the onset of the pandemic.

North Korea swiftly locked up their borders upon first receiving news about the virus, and currently claims to have 0 active cases, a claim which researchers dispute. However, as North Korea is so strictly locked down, there are very minimal reports coming in and out of the state, making true assessments close to impossible.

Despite their claims of being virus-free, North Korea has been actively attempting to steal vaccine information, and the most recent attempt on Pfizer comes after a string of attacks dating back to 2020.

Curious? 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!