Cybersafety Sentinel May 2023 Week 3

Claudiu’s Top Post

Don’t bother with the fine print. How does intellectual property leave Canada? Numerous transferred patents later, it turns out that it happens innocently enough, when a university simply signs a contract that includes a single paragraph not-quite-unlike this one: Read more

Twitter Hacker Faces 70 Years in Prison

Joseph James O’Connor, known online as PlugwalkJoe, has pleaded guilty to his role in the July 2020 Twitter hack that involved seizing control of 130 Twitter accounts, including those of Barack Obama, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk, to perpetrate a cryptocurrency scam. Read more

S. Korea, Canada Security Cooperation

President Yoon Suk Yeol and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau have agreed to expand their countries’ partnership in defense and security. This includes the launch of negotiations for an information security agreement between Seoul and Ottawa. Read more

Re-Victimization from Police-Auction

A study by the University of Maryland reveals that countless smartphones seized by police forces across the United States are being auctioned online without erasing the data on them, leading to potential re-victimization of crime victims. Read more

$10M Bounty for Russian Ransomware Operator

The U.S. Department of Justice has indicted Russian national Mikhail Pavlovich Matveev, for launching ransomware attacks against thousands of victims globally. Matveev is believed to be a central figure in the development and deployment of LockBit, Babuk, and Hive ransomware variants since June 2020. Read more

Cybersecurity Firm CEO Extorted

Hackers attempted to extort cybersecurity firm Dragos Inc. by stealing contracts and contacting the CEO’s family. The breach occurred through the personal email account of a newly hired sales employee. The hackers accessed internal documents, including contracts and intranet software. Read More.