FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: October 20th – October 26th

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 about a COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer suffering a data breach, a new Microsoft Edge update urging users to abandon Internet Explorer, and how President Trump’s Twitter account was hacked by hackers guessing his password.

Recently, Indian COVID-19 vaccine manufacturer Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories had to shut down its plants in Brazil, India, Russia, the UK, and the US – Why? Because of a data breach, reports say.

Dr. Reddy’s, the contractor behind Russia’s “Sputnik V” COVID-19 vaccine, had recently been given the go-ahead to enter Phase 2 human trials by the Drug Control General of India. With that announcement, it seems to have made the company a prime target for cyberattacks.

Although the company has since taken the necessary steps to isolate their data services, it’s likely that this won’t be the last we hear of COVID-19 cyberattacks.

You can read up on the data breach here!

Good news for Microsoft Edge users – on November 19th, a new version of Edge is slated for release. However with this new version, Internet Explorer users may find themselves pushed to make the switch to a different web browser – and with Microsoft pushing to end support for Internet Explorer by August 2021, it’s no surprise that they’re urging Internet Explorer users to transition now.

With the latest Edge version, if Internet Explorer users land on a page with Internet Explorer incompatibilities, an Edge pop-up will appear urging them to make the switch. While users can opt to briefly use Edge to view the page, Microsoft encourages users to make the full switch over, seeing as Internet Explorer support will end soon.

You can read up on the new Microsoft Edge update here!

According to an article posted in Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant, a group of ethical hackers claim to have hacked Donald Trump’s Twitter account by simply guessing his password, which was ‘maga2020’.

In this claim, the hackers state that the President’s account wasn’t protected at all by 2-factor authentication, and that a mere guess gave them access to the account. One of the hackers, Victor Gevers, had broken into Trump’s account in 2016 by guessing the password ‘yourefired’ (which is a reference to Trump’s catchphrase on The Apprentice).

While reports claim that the hack was genuine, Twitter asserts that Trump’s accounts were not compromised and that 2-factor authentication for verified accounts is a security must-have.

Regardless, the notion that Trump’s account would be so easy to hack is a call for all of us to brush up on our cybersecurity. You can read up on our internet safety guide here, and if you’re worried about your password being hacked, it’s a great idea to look into our multi-factor authentication guide.

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!