August was another busy month in the cyberworld. From email security news headlines and hot cybersecurity news, here’s our monthly news round-up.
At the beginning of the month, researchers found that North Korean hackers used malware to read and download emails and attachments.
Another email cybersecurity news story was connected to a cyberattack on Spain’s radioactivity alert network.
The Spanish national police announced the arrest of two ex-nuclear power plant workers accused of executing a cyberattack on Spain’s radioactivity alert network (RAR).
Read on for other important cybersecurity news of August in our round-up below.
Hackers Exploit Twitter’s Vulnerability to Steal Information From 5 Million Accounts
The first security breach news headline shocking the world this month was news of a Twitter vulnerability. Hackers exploited the weakness, uncovering email addresses and account names of over 5 million Twitter users.
In July, Twitter found over 5.4 million user accounts for sale on a hacker platform for $30,000.
The owners of the compromised accounts have been informed, as the officials claim.
In other cybersecurity news, online gaming platform GoodGamer suffered a massive data breach due to a misconfigured Amazon Web Services S3 bucket.
The VPNOverview security team discovered the vulnerability, which allowed anyone to access data files of over 380,000 users, including email addresses, phone numbers, and transaction records.
GoodGamer repaired the breach about an hour after being informed but refused to comment on the situation.
Google Hit With AUD 60 Million Fine for Data Violation
Towards the end of August, another cybersecurity news story made waves—this time in Australia, where Google was fined AUD 60 million.
The court accused the tech giant of breaking Australian consumer laws by misleading Android users about how their geo-data was collected and used for targeted advertising.
According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, 1.3 million Google accounts of Australian users might have been affected: This is when the legal proceedings against the company began.
Moving on, another tech giant made cybersecurity news headlines this month, and not the good kind. Apple suddenly released software updates for iPhones, iPods and Apple Macs, fixing two previously unknown security flaws.
The zero-day vulnerabilities were found in WebKit and the operating system’s base, kernel.
Apple announced the impacted devices include:
- All iPad Pro models
- iPod Touch (7th generation)
- iPad 5th generation
- iPhone 6S
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Mini 4
If you have one of these devices, make sure you’ve installed the software update.
Even with state-of-the-art resources, major enterprises aren’t excluded from data breaches and cyberattacks. Individuals and smaller companies are even easier targets, especially without cybersecurity measures in place.
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