Cybersafety Sentinel September 2022 Week 5

Claudiu’s Top Post

Two companies are rightfully being ridiculed for sending emails that look EXACTLY like fraudulent attempts to scam their clients. The message is being mass-emailed by Weebly (the free website purveyor) and its new owner Square (who really should know better as a supposedly secure payment processing company). Read More.

Medical Photos Found Online

Late last week, a California-based AI artist who goes by the name Lapine discovered private medical record photos taken by her doctor in 2013 referenced in the LAION-5B image set, which is a scrape of publicly available images on the web. AI researchers download a subset of that data to train AI image synthesis models such as Stable Diffusion and Google Imagen. Read more

TikTok Faces $29M Fine 

TikTok could face a fine of 27 million pounds, or roughly $29 million, over allegations of violating the United Kingdom’s children’s data privacy protection standards, a U.K. agency said Monday.  Read more

Teen Hacker Arrested: Uber, Rockstar 

The City of London police announced that they have arrested a 17-year-old teen from Oxfordshire suspected of being involved in recent cyberattacks. There are no details about the investigation, but the arrest is believed to be tied to the Lapsus$ hacking group, which is suspected to be behind recent cyberattacks on Uber, Rockstar Games, and 2K. Read more

Australia: Massive Breach

Last week, Australian telecommunications giant Optus revealed about 10 million customers – about 40% of the population – had personal data stolen in what it calls a cyber-attack. Some experts say it may be the worst data breach in Australia’s history. Read more

Russia: Impersonating News Outlets

Facebook parent Meta says it has disrupted a large Russian network of fake accounts impersonating European news outlets to push a pro-Kremlin view of the war in Ukraine. The network promoted links to its websites using fake accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Telegram and Russia’s LiveJournal as well as petition websites including Change.org. Read more

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