Hello FixMeFans and StartMeStars! It’s time for this week’s edition of the Cybersecurity Roundup. Keep reading for what you need to know in the world of cybersecurity this week.
Back in December, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued a statement revealing that tech company SolarWinds had been compromised in a data breach. It’s now come to light that those same hackers have used password spraying and brute-force attacks to attempt to gain access to Microsoft customer accounts.
Password spraying and brute-force attacks are when hackers try to gain unauthorized access to your account by using commonly used passwords or by guessing your password. Sometimes this results in you being locked out of your account after too many failed log in attempts.
Microsoft’s Security Response Center stated that the “recent activity was mostly unsuccessful, and the majority of targets were not successfully compromised“. While there were a few accounts that were breached, Microsoft will being reaching out to those customers directly.
This is a great reminder to change your passwords regularly. Each of your accounts should have its own unique, complex password to login. Click here for our tips on how to create a strong password you’ll actually remember!
In the latest ransomware attack almost 38,000 patients’ health records have been exposed after Reproductive Biology Associates (RBA) was hit with ransomware on Friday. You can read their full statement here. The company states that the hackers infiltrated the network on April 7th, before gaining access to patient information on April 10.
They first noticed the ransomware when they discovered a file was encrypted and non-accessible. They quickly determined it was due to ransomware and shut down the affected servers.
RBA states they “are continuing to conduct appropriate monitoring to detect and respond to any misuse or misappropriation of the potentially exposed data.”
With ransomware becoming more common, we can’t recommend enough that you back up your files in case of an attack. To learn more about the rise of ransomware and how to protect yourself. click here.
That’s all for this week! Check back next week so you can stay cyber aware.