With the Twitter breach all over this week’s news, along with the continued phishing hacks that have spiked since the onset of COVID-19, we focus in on these issues in this week’s Weekly News Round up.
Twitter breach exposes one of tech’s biggest threats: Its own employees
The security breach at Twitter this Wednesday exposed that, while a company can put every cybersecurity measure in place, it can’t always protect against rogue employees. It took Twitter several hours to deal with the breach, as the hackers were posting as highly prominent figures from Joe Biden to Elon Musk. Get the details at NBC News.
Twitter won’t say if hackers accessed user DMs after breach
While so far, it seems that only famous or influential figures were affected by the breach at Twitter this week, we don’t yet have answers as to whether individual user data was accessed. Twitter claims there is no evidence that user passwords were part of the security breach, but as a precautionary measure, they’ve locked all accounts that had made password change attempts in the last 30 days. The question of whether or not hackers gained access to user DMs remains an open one with more questions than answers, and Twitter has declined to comment. Read more on this story at TechCrunch.
Microsoft Office 365 users targeted in SurveyMonkey phishing
SurveyMonkey, a popular and widely used survey tool, was used as a way to hack into Microsoft Office 365 users. The phishing attack was sneaky, utilizing a legitimate SurveyMonkey survey and then disguising a redirect message as a privacy message. This type of phishing scheme is a good reminder never to share personally identifying information or security credentials to a third party. Read the details of the story at TechRadar.
Huawei to be ejected from UK 5G. More spyware in Golden Tax. The Molerats are back. Porphiex distributes Avadon. Patch notes.
British 5G networks declared that Huawei equipment must all be eliminated from the nation’s 5G network by 2027, and that no new gear from Huawei should be purchased after the end of 2020. This decision comes after a string of spyware-infested tax software called Golden Tax was discovered. The growing concern over security issues with Chinese-based tech continues to increase. Read the full report at The Cyberwire.
Majority of voters expect online election voting within five years
OneLogin launched a survey to 1,000 members of the American electorate to ask questions about online voting. A majority of participants responded that they both believe and want elections to become fully digital sometime in the near future. Age played a big role in how respondents reported willingness to go vote online with voters over 74 years of age showing the least interest in voting online. While we don’t know for sure if there are plans in the works for online voting, the security issues around such an endeavor would be a massive undertaking to ensure fair and true elections. Get more info from the survey at TechRepublic.