Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: June 17th-23rd

Here we are again rounding up the most important events in cybersecurity to help keep you informed.

A scam alert, a new global cryptocurrency, a data breach, and more! This week was a busy one for cybersecurity, so buckle your seat belts FixMeFans, you’re in for a ride!

So, what happened this week in Cybersecurity?

  • Forbes released their list of the Top 10 Cybersecurity Companies to Watch in 2019. This list is an important resource if you are trying to bulk up your knowledge on the latest innovations in cybersecurity technology, and the companies that will be defining the industry.
  • You may remember our round-up in May that covered the malware attack that debilitated the Baltimore City municipality; now, Maryland’s government is increasing its security measures to prevent future cyber crimes. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan recently signed the executive order for a “Maryland Cyber Defense Initiative” that creates a new state government position dedicated to advising the Governor on necessary cybersecurity measures.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan
  • Researchers found a vulnerability in the database of a Facebook marketing agency that provides exposure for medical malpractice lawsuits. The data was stolen from forms that users, including US veterans, filled out in order to see if they were able to receive legal advice. This includes incredibly sensitive medical and personal data. Make sure to read our tips for protecting your data privacy online here.
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  • Facebook announced the launch of its new global cryptocurrency, Libra. Libra has potential for widespread use which means a whole new slew of potential scams and security threats. Our article on scams to avoid if you’re using cryptocurrency can help you navigate using digital currencies with greater ease.
  • Scam alert! If you’ve seen a Ray-Ban offer that seems too good to be true on your Instagram feed, it is indeed too sweet a deal. If you see that a friend’s account posted this fake ad, make sure to inform them that they may be hacked and that they should immediately change the password on their account.
An example of the Instagram Ray Ban Scam.
Courtesy of Naked Security by Sophos

That’s all we have this week! Be sure to check back next Tuesday for another weekly round-up.