FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: November 17th – November 23rd

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 dealing with a rise in viking-related ransomware, how new Tesla models can be hacked through Bluetooth, and most importantly, how your vacuum can record your conversations.

While we can all agree that vikings are a thing of the past, this new viking-inspired ransomware is a force to be reckoned with. Ragnar Locker, which had popped up in early 2020 and received its name from legendary viking hero Ragnar Lothbrock, has been terrorizing various large-scale corporations, extorting millions of dollars and huge amounts of data.

The FBI has since issued a warning regarding Ragnar Locker, citing it as a global threat to cybersecurity. Like other ransomware, Ragnar Locker steals data and then encrypts the computer – however, it also leaves folders required for a computer’s regular operation unencrypted while encrypting everything else – so at least there’s some bit of kindness left in these viking raids.

You can read more about the ransomware here!

In the latest Tesla update, Belgian researchers have demonstrated how easy it is to hack into the car’s key-less system, simply using Bluetooth.

Researchers from the Computer Security and Industrial Cryptography (COIC), have discovered some serious flaws in the Tesla Model X’s key system. While Tesla typically uses a Bluetooth key to access the vehicle, the researchers were able to mimic the same Bluetooth frequency using their own devices.

This isn’t the first time Tesla’s Bluetooth key system flaws have been exploited, as previous models have been hacked in the past as well. While obviously it requires a bit of work to mimic these frequencies, but with such a luxury vehicle, you’d expect a bit more security.

You can read into the situation here!

Forget about your Tesla being hacked, recently hackers have been discovered using LiDAR technology (known for its use in iPhones) to hack into vacuum cleaners.

Researchers recently released a study regarding the process, in which the LiDar technology had been used on smart vacuum cleaners to monitor and record audio around it. Though the vacuum cleaner doesn’t have any audio recording functions, the LiDar technology was able to be reconfigured to track sound waves.

While this shouldn’t be any immediate cause for concern, it’s interesting to note how essentially any tech using LiDar could be hacked for audio recording purposes, whether it be your smartphone, car, or even vacuum.

You can read 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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