FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: September 8th – September 14th

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 news concerning a Chinese tech firm allegedly collecting data on millions of people around the world, cybercriminals trying to extort money via bomb threats, and how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has admitted that America’s COVID-19 tracking has failed.

Recently, a Chinese tech company with alleged connections to the country’s military and intelligence divisions has been outed for collecting data on millions of people around the world, according to reports.

The database apparently contains information on over 2.4 million people, and includes information pertaining to an individual’s date of birth, address, marital status, political associations, relatives, and social media IDs.

Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Technology, the company behind this rampant data collection, is said to have obtained the information through Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram as well as news stories, criminal records, and corporate misdemeanors.

The database had initially been leaked to American professor Christopher Balding, though previously located in Shenzhen, has since fled to the US amidst safety concerns.

Curious? You can read up on the situation here.

Just when you thought you were starting to get on top of extortion and phishing scams, it seems as though scammers are upping the ante with a new tactic – bomb threats.

Recent reports from Kaspersky indicate that cybercriminals are sending emails with bomb threats as a means of extorting funds from their victims. In these emails, the cybercriminals claim to have planted a tetryl-charged bomb somewhere in the recipient’s office, which will be detonated if the ransom isn’t paid or if police activity is observed nearby.

While there is obviously no actual bomb that’s been planted, the cybercriminals are looking to bank off the victim’s knee jerk reaction in hopes of acquiring the ransom.

You can read up on the situation here!

In an exclusive article via Forbes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has admitted that the country failed to track the disease to the best of its abilities and lacked vital information to offer correct guidance.

It appears that COVID-19 tracking in the US has proven ineffective in its hopes of mitigating the spread of the virus, reports indicate. As the number of infected individuals continues to grow, many jurisdictions have been forced to abandon tracking as the numbers have become unmanageable.

This confession came only one day before President Trump’s announcement that the disease was “dying out”.

You can read up on 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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