FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: June 23rd – June 29th

Hey there, FixMeFans and StartMeStars! We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. 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 dealing with hackers threatening to expose celebrity information, how sensitive police documents are being leaked over the internet, and how the University of California has recently paid a $1 million ransom following a cyber attack.

It seems like ransomware attacks aren’t just limited to the average computer user, as recently cybercriminal gang REvil is threatening to auction off celebrity data unless their ransom is met.

According to reports, over 750 GB of data was stolen from the law firm Grubman Shire Meiselas & Sacks, and unless demands are met, REvil plans to slowly roll out sensitive data concerning the likes of Mariah Carey, Lebron James, Lady Gaga, and even corporations such as MTV and Universal.

It appears the cybercriminals plan to sell the hacked data for prices towards the million-dollar mark, though it doesn’t seem as though the law firm involved in this interaction is willing to budge.

You can read more about the situation here.

DDoSecret, a journalist collective which has been compared to Wikileaks, has recently published hundreds of thousands of sensitive files related to law enforcement, the total nearing 270 gigabytes.

In a Twitter post, DDoSecret indicated that the data leaked, entitled “BlueLeaks”, included “ten years of data from over 200 police departments, fusion centers and other law enforcement training and support resources”, with “police and FBI reports, bulletins, guides and more.”

Though the Twitter account has since been removed, the data can still be accessed through the DDoSecret web page. It’s considered to be the biggest hack in the history of US law enforcement.

Curious? You can read up on the situation here.

It seems as though somebody or somebodies, should have been brushing up on their cybersecurity. Just recently, the University of California has confirmed that it’s paid a $1.14 million ransom following a cyber attack.

The culprit behind this attack is Netwalker, a form of ransomware known for their involvement in attacking many college facilities amidst the ongoing pandemic.

In this particular case, the hackers encrypted the university’s online networks, restricting administration and students alike from accessing their information. In order to avoid further encryption, the school opted to pay a portion of the ransom to allow individuals to access their data.

You can read more about 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!

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