Cybersafety Sentinel January 2023 Week 4

Claudiu’s Top Post

Are you being gaslit about the importance of large scale data breaches that “only” expose your name and email address? Do you get the sense that leaks of financial data including credit card numbers and other replaceable identifiers, however sensitive matter more than our name and birth dates? Are you being led to believe that data breaches are anything but preventable? Read More

Ransomware Infrastructure Seized

In what’s a case of hacking the hackers, the darknet infrastructure associated with the Hive ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS) operation has been seized as part of a coordinated law enforcement effort involving 13 countries. While this may signal the end of the Hive ransomware group, its members and affiliates remain a threat. Read More

B.C. School Data Breach

The Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows School District is warning its school community about a data breach involving more than 19,000 records. In a bulletin posted Thursday, the district said it is investigating how files containing first names, last names, schools/departments, district email addresses and student grades were released. Read More

Durham School Board Privacy

An Ajax father has filed a complaint with Ontario’s privacy commissioner over what he calls a weird decision by the regional school board. At the beginning of the month, the Durham District School Board (DDSB) sent a letter to parents of all online students demanding they prove they live in Durham Region. Read More

Ransomware Profits Drop

Ransomware gangs extorted from victims about $456.8 million throughout 2022, a drop of roughly 40% from the record-breaking $765 million recorded in the previous two years. This drastic decline in ransomware profits is not driven by fewer attacks but the victims’ refuse to pay the hackers. Read More

PayPal Data Breach

Between December 6 and December 8, 2022, hackers gained unauthorized access to the accounts of thousands of individuals. If you currently have another account with the same username and password as your PayPal account, you should change them. Read More