FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: September 22nd – September 28th

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 a new SMS phishing scam pretending to be an Apple chatbot, a ‘Hacker University’ with surprisingly low tuition fees, and how not even your coffee machine may be safe from ransomware attacks.

Recent reports have spotted a new phishing scam that uses text messages to lure its victims. The text typically concerns the recipient receiving a package of some sort, which then prompts the victim to follow a link for more details.

Once victims follow the link in the text message, they’re brought to a website where they’re greeted by a fake Apple chatbot letting them know that they’ve been selected to take part in iPhone 12 testing trial – sounds fishy right?

If victims actually follow through with the scam, they’ll be prompted to enter their credit card information to pay for the small shipping fee to receive their “iPhone 12” – however, this is simply a ploy to get the victim’s credit card details and personal information.

To prevent yourself from getting scammed, we recommend checking out our guide on phishing scams here!

For those looking to pursue a career in hacking and phishing scams, look no further – a recent report regarding the dark web economy has revealed the presence of a dark web cybercriminal university, with tuition fees as low as $125.

HackTown, the name of this prestigious university, provides its students with the necessary resources to become fully-fledged cybercriminals. The course itself apparently covers everything from wifi hacking, carding, to complex operations such as data and money laundering.

Curious? You can read into the situation here (though we recommend getting a degree in something a bit more lucrative).

Nowadays, it seems like nothing is safe from hacking, not even your coffee maker. In a detailed blog post, Avast’s Martin Hron explains how coffee machines can be hijacked and even forced to mine cryptocurrency.

Hron was able to reverse engineer the coffee maker’s software to give himself complete control over it – forcing the grinder to turn off and on, even going as far as brewing a fresh pot.

However, Hron was also able to make the device beep constantly, and even make the coffee maker inaccessible to other users – truly a hacker’s dream come true.

While obviously this only applies to coffee makers with access to wifi, it’s interesting to see what can be hacked with today’s understanding of cybersecurity and technology. And though nobody’s coffee maker has been actually held for ransom by cybercriminals, we’ll see what the future holds.

You can read up on the discovery 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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