FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: October 13th- October 19th

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 Russian hackers being charged trying to disrupt the Olympics and the French Election, and ransomware gangs donating to charity.

In a recent U.S. Justice Department indictment released on Monday, it appears that six current and former Russian military officers aimed to disrupt the 2016 Winter Olympics, French Election, and several U.S. hospitals and businesses.

This group, known as the GRU, are responsible for several cyber attacks with the aim of furthering the Kremlin’s political interests and as retribution against its perceived enemies. The attacks themselves were numerous, ranging from attacking Ukraine’s power grid, to punishing Olympic organizers for banning Russian athletes on the suspicion of doping.

This same group allegedly has ties to the same group which is said to have meddled in the 2016 U.S. Elections, but it has not been confirmed.

Curious? You can read up on the situation here!

person is giving money to computer hacker to decrypt files, computer ransomware concept

Although cybercriminals who dabble in ransomware tend to be the nastiest of the bunch, this recent news proves that they’re not all bad (even though most of them are).

In a recent Robin Hood-esque situation, the Darkside ransomware gang has donated $10 000 to Children International and The Water Project, two charities that aim to improve the living conditions for impoverished children and provide clean and reliable water to those in need.

One can only imagine where a ransomware gang acquired such funds, Darkside coins themselves as “big game hunters”, only going after large businesses and corporations.

You can read into this act of charity 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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