Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: July 22nd-28th 

Another busy week in cybersecurity land! We saw the anticipated first senate report on Russian interference in the US 2016 presidential elections, a hack of the Bulgarian government, a ransomware attack on schools in Louisiana, and much more. Check out what happened this week below: 

  • In long-awaited news, the US Senate returned with a report on Thursday stating that Russia targeted electronic election systems in all 50 states during the 2016 presidential election. This report is said to be the first of many produced from the 2-year investigation.
Vladimir Putin, President of Russia
  • State of Emergency: Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana has issued a state-wide emergency declaration as 3 public schools were hit with debilitating ransomware attacks. Below is the quote from Governor Edwards: “The state was made aware of a malware attack on a few north Louisiana school systems and we have been coordinating a response ever since. This is exactly why we established the Cyber Security Commission, focused on preparing for, responding to and preventing cybersecurity attacks, and we are well-positioned to assist local governments as they battle this current threat.”
  • Protect yourself from ransomware threats by following these 3 easy steps!
Gov. John Bel Edwards of Louisiana
  • The Bulgarian government was left scrambling last week as they tackled a database hack that left the personal data of millions of their population vulnerable. This information has now been made available on public forums – causing quite a stir. Make sure to check out our tips on internet safety to help you protect your personal information!
  • Confirmed: Facebook will indeed be paying its $5 billion fine as a “slap on its wrist” for poor handling of user data. In case you missed it, read all about Facebook’s data breach that exposed the information of over 540 million people here
  • The New York City government is currently reviewing a law that would ban companies from collecting location data from mobile phones in the city. This would be a huge step forward for data protection and could throw a huge wrench in the market for user location data purchasing.

That’s it for this week, folks! Let us know if you think we forgot any important cybersecurity news, and always remember to share this with a friend!