FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: November 3rd – November 9th

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 coming to you with news regarding an election day bitcoin heist, new ransomware making its way to Linux computers, and how a majority of USBs sold on eBay have leftover data on them.

This past week, much of the world was fixated on the outcome of the United States’ election. However, while attention was focused on US politics, almost $1 billion in Bitcoin was uncovered.

The “victim” in the scenario was none other than Ross Ulbricht (also know as Dread Pirate Roberts), the founder of Silk Road, a criminal marketplace that was once found on the Dark Web. The website has since been shut down and Ulbricht has been placed behind bars, but Ulbricht’s Bitcoin fortune was still laying untouched.

The reason for it laying dormant since Ulbricht’s capture is simply because of the incredibly difficult passcode barring its access. While many have tried over the years, it seems the one to finally crack the code to Ulbricht’s fortune was none other than the FBI.

Curious? You can read more about Dread Pirate Roberts and his bitcoin fortune here.

Though Linux systems tend to be fairly safe from different types of malware, that no longer seems to be the case as RansomExx trojan now seems to be targeting Linux servers.

In this case, the trojan is said to be a “no-frills” malware, meaning that it contains no code to terminate other computer processes, nor does it wipe any free disk space – its sole goal is to simply lock up the victim’s computer.

RansomExx, however, is not the first Linux malware, nor will it be the last, as more and more viruses are being designed to be compatible across all operating systems. Remember when Mac users thought they were safe? Think again and learn more here.

You can read more about the trojan here!

According to a new study, it seems that nearly 2/3 USBs bought on eBay contain some form of retrievable personal data.

In this study, researchers bought 100 previously owned USBs off eBay, the majority of which contained some form of personal information. Bank statements, health documents, tax returns, and even passwords were found, with only 32 of the 100 USBS being properly wiped.

Though 98% of sellers had attempted to properly wipe the USBs, it seems only a fraction were fully successful.

You can read more about the study 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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