FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: July 13 – July 19

Hey there FixMeFans and StartMeStars! We’re back with another edition of our weekly cybersecurity roundup where we deliver the most recent comings and goings of the cybersecurity world.

This week we’re covering one of the largest confiscations of cryptocurrency to date, Microsoft’s legal win against cybercriminals using similar domain names to trick customers and an update on the PrintSpooler virus nightmare.

An image of bitcoin related to the recent cryptocurrency seizure.

The British police seized cryptocurrency worth approximately $250 million making it one of the largest confiscations in the world. This was part of a continuing investigation into international money laundering schemes which began with the arrest of a woman, and the seizure of $160 million worth of cryptocurrency. We still don’t know which cryptocurrencies were being used in this scheme, but we are sure there will be more major busts like this to come. You can get more details on this story here.

An image of the Microsoft surface tablet.

Microsoft has received the legal go-ahead in the form of a court order to fight against “homoglyph” domains, used to impersonate Microsoft Office 365. Homoglyphs are domains that abuse the similarities of certain letters to create website URLs that appear legitimate. For example, replacing an upper case “I” in MICROSOFT with lower case “l”, as well as malicious domains that exploit frequent typos. For more on how Microsoft plans to keep sticking it to cybercriminals and scammers, click here.

An image of a printer relating to the Microsoft Windows PrintSpooler bug.

Remember our weekly cybersecurity roundup from last week where we stated PrintNightmare was over and a fix had been found? Well, it looks like Microsoft has found itself in a game of cybersecurity wack-a-mole, as another vulnerability has been found in Windows PrintSpooler. This one is not quite as bad, it does not allow for remote access to your computer, but it allows someone with account access to grant themselves administrator permissions. Once this is granted, the user can delete files or change settings and even lock out the original user. If you still have not turned off PrintSpooler, we recommend you do so. Click here to check out the latest development in this ongoing story.

That’s all for this week’s roundup folks! We hope you’re staying safe and secure. Have you had any run-ins with these nasty scams or viruses? We’d like to know! Drop us a line in the comments below.

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