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 bringing you news concerning QAnon Twitter suspensions, how ethical hackers gained access to thousands of the UN’s private records, and how infamous WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has been denied bail by the London court.
Twitter says that it has suspended more than 70,000 accounts that had been sharing QAnon content following the recent siege on the US capitol last Wednesday.
This move by Twitter is aimed at halting the spread of misinformation caused by conspiracy posts as an attempt to prevent further violence. In a recent blog post, Twitter representatives state that “These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory across the service.”
Since issuing the permanent ban on Trump’s Twitter account, many have applauded Twitter’s decision, though other conservatives and Trump supporters are accusing Twitter and other social media websites of biased censorship.
Curious? You can read up on the situation here.
Ethical hackers from the research group Sakura Samurai were able to successfully hack the United Nations database, giving them access to user credentials and personally identifiable information (PII). In this hack, over 100,000 private employee and project records were effectively exposed before it had been reported to the UN.
The ethical hackers were able to exploit a vulnerability in the GitHub directory that exposed WordPress DB and GitHub credentials, effectively giving them access to numerous private records from the UN’s Environment Program. Although the hack was not malicious in anyway, it allowed cybersecurity researchers to pinpoint critical vulnerabilities in the UN’s security, preventing potential cybercriminals from exploiting the vulnerability in a similar way.
You can read more about the situation here.
In April 2019, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had finally been arrested after an extended stay at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. As legal proceedings have been underway, recently Assange has been refused bail by a British judge just two days after she had blocked his extradition to the United States, where he faces charges of espionage and hacking.
WikiLeaks, founded in 2006, came into the spotlight in 2010 after publishing a series of documents relating to US Army war logs. Since publishing these documents, the US government launched a criminal investigation into Assange, which then lead to him seeking refuge at the Embassy of Ecuador in London in June 2012.
The denial of Assange’s bail stems from the notion that if granted bail, Assange would inevitably seek refuge in another country, effectively granting him further protection from legal apprehension. Assange and WikiLeaks has garnered worldwide attention for its ongoing discussion regarding censorship and the right to free speech in the digital age.
If you’d like to read more about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange’s case, you can click 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!