Garmin ransomware outage, data breaches, and more – Weekly privacy news, July 31, 2020
Posted on by Joshua Long
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Starting this week, each episode includes a cybersecurity news segment hosted by Intego’s Chief Security Analyst, Josh Long. This week’s video features the following security stories.
New details about the July 15th Twitter hack
New details have emerged about the July 15th Twitter hack, in which 130 accounts were targeted by attackers, many of which were Verified accounts.
Of those 130, attackers sent tweets from 45 accounts, accessed the direct messages of 36 accounts, and downloaded a complete Twitter Data export from eight non-Verified accounts. (Twitter later changed its story to say that Twitter Data was exported from only seven accounts.)
Reuters reports that at least 1,000 Twitter employees have recently had the same level of access that the attackers gained, making it easier for the bad guys to find an employee to hack, bribe, or extort to hijack nearly any Twitter account. (Twitter later stated that they have now “significantly limited access to our internal tools and systems.”)
The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that three male suspects, aged 17, 19, and 22, had been charged for crimes related to the Twitter attack.
Garmin outages caused by ransomware attack
ZDNet reports that late last week, wearable and navigation tech company Garmin experienced a ransomware attack that forced the company to shut down its Web site, online services, and even its production lines. In a statement on Monday, Garmin said there was “no indication” that attackers had accessed any customer data.
At the time this week’s video segment was recorded, it was not known whether Garmin paid the reported $10 million ransom—although this was later all but confirmed by BleepingComputer.
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