FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: July 20 – July 26

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 coming to you with the latest information about a tool that shows if your phone has been targeted by spyware, the arrest of a suspected Twitter hacker, and yet another Windows bug- this one can leak your passwords!

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Do you remember the hacker that broke into the Twitter accounts of high-profile celebrities such as Kanye West, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates? The hackers used these accounts to push a cryptocurrency scam out to millions of unsuspecting followers. The ringleader was put behind bars in March after being apprehended in Florida. This week another suspect in the case, Joseph O’Connor, was arrested in Spain. O’Connor is also being charged with other cybercrimes, such as similar hacks of TikTok and Snapchat. For a hack that only lasted 45-seconds, it’s certainly having a lasting impact. You can read up on the full story HERE.

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The NSO group’s Pegasus spyware has already been in the public eye this year. It was recently discovered that governments of various countries used the NSO’s Pegasus spyware to hack into the phones of thousands of journalists, activists, and any other high-profile critics of the respective countries’ current administration. Fortunately, Amnesty researchers released a Mobile Verification Toolkit (MVT) and meticulous notes for both Androids and iPhone. The toolkit searches for common domain names used by NSO which would be sent through a text message, or any other evidence that the phone has been compromised by Pegasus. To find more about the toolkit, click HERE. If you’re worried about spyware on your computer, we recommend that you run a FixMeStick scan!

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Last week, we covered the latest on the PrintNightmare saga. This week, Windows has another bug to patch- this one is nicknamed HiveNightmare. The Windows registry stores data in an allegedly secure folder under the Windows directory, the small number of databases Windows uses to store data are called hives. It’s recently come to light that the Window’s Security Account Manager, where passwords are stored, can be accessed by regular users. This can happen as long as the files aren’t being used elsewhere. Meaning, anyone savvy enough could gain access to your passwords with a workaround and lock you out of our computer! Click HERE to find out how to fix this bug, and read the whole story.

That’s all for this week’s cybersecurity roundup folks. Tell us how you’re staying safe and secure in the comments below!