Here are the top cybersecurity stories of recent weeks:
- US discovers new malware from Lazarus Group
- Employee sabotage at Tesla last month
- Med Associates breach exposes 270,000
- Exactis breach eclipses that of Equifax
US discovers new malware from Lazarus Group
Lazarus Group, otherwise known as Hidden Cobra, was uncovered to have released new malware. The threats come in the form of executable Microsoft Word files that run malicious macros and take command of users’ devices. Obviously, these threats must be detected immediately or extensive damage can be done to individuals and organizations.
Employee sabotage at Tesla last month
In June, a disgruntled employee that was not considered for a promotion sabotaged production at Tesla. The individual is reported to have altered code under a plethora of usernames in order to steal data, send it to unknown parties, and even start a factory fire. Being able to detect insider threats in a timely fashion is of critical importance to any enterprise.
Med Associates breach exposes 270,000
Med Associates, a healthcare billing organization, was recently discovered to have been breached. Protected health information (PHI) of 270,000 individuals was found to have been accessed by unauthorized parties. Exposed PHI included birth dates, home addresses, insurance identification numbers, and more.
Exactis breach eclipses that of Equifax
In 2017, over 143 million Americans had their data exposed in the highly publicized Equifax data breach. Unfortunately, a recent breach at Exactis managed to exceed this number. Due to a careless oversight that left data on a server unsecured, the personal information of over 340 million individuals was made publicly available.
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