FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: June 10th-16th

Do you like our new weekly series? We’re rounding up the most important events in cybersecurity every week to keep you informed.

This week we saw data breaches at the US Customs and Border Protection Agency, a new iOS feature announced by Apple, the FBI’s public service announcement regarding a common cybercrime tactic, and much more!

So, what happened this week?

  • The US Customs and Border Protection Agency (or CBP) was recently alerted to a cyberattack on a subcontractor that collected and stored identifying images of travelers arriving at a Canadian border crossing. The estimated number of victims is over 100,000, setting off many alarms as lawmakers consider how this could affect the way the CBP collects data at US borders. Read our breakdown of the attack here.
  • The Guardian published an article stating that Symantec, the cybersecurity company behind Norton, failed to report an alleged breach of some of their client’s passwords. This is an important reminder to create strong passwords and regularly update them in order to keep your personal data secure.  Read the full article here.
  • The FBI issued an announcement on June 10th warning the public against cybercriminals who use the URL security indicator HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) to employ phishing tactics and commit cyber crimes. Read the FBI’s full announcement and recommendations here.
  • An exciting upcoming iOS feature recently announced by Apple will allow users to see how/when/and which apps are tracking you, even when you’re not using them. This kind of feature could have many positive implications in data privacy and security!
  • Following the rising trend of healthcare data breaches, the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NHSA) announced a possible breach of personal healthcare data from over 3,000 people.  

That’s all for this week, FixMeFans. Share this article with friends who you think would find this interesting.