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Cybernews weekly: hacks you might have missed


Do not fool yourself – if you are online, you are not safe. Hackers are targeting pretty much everything – from your love life to your favorite fast-food restaurant.

What makes the digital realm even more dangerous is the fact that companies that so aggressively want to have your data sometimes don’t do enough to protect it.

Password managers under attack

In 2022, LatsPass admitted to being breached. Hackers stole copies of LastPass customers' vaults and might attempt to decrypt them. The incident has undoubtedly shaken an online community that has repeatedly been asked to trust password managers.

But, as if LastPass breach wasn’t enough, on Friday, Norton's password manager had been compromised.

“Our records indicate that you utilize our Norton Password Manager feature and, we cannot rule out that the unauthorized third party also obtained details stored there especially if your Password Manager key is identical or very similar to your Norton account password,” the company said.

Routine data leaks

Together with the research team, Cybernews journalists are on a mission to make the internet a safer place. In an attempt to do that, we report all open datasets to their owners, hoping criminals hadn’t discovered that treasure trove of data before the dataset’s owner managed to close it.

This week, we reported about trustanduse.com – a social marketplace – exposing nearly half a million customers. Leaving such data publicly accessible can harm businesses, as it exposes commercial secrets.

While it is not our most sensitive discovery recently, from our experience, we know for sure that even the biggest market players can slip and expose their business secrets and extremely sensitive customer data, with Reuters, Harvard Business Publishing, and Ecco shoes being the most prominent brands we looked into just recently.

Visit Cybernews next week for more unique research.

Funny, not funny

Even if you are not online that much, you can still be hacked. Chick-fil-A, a popular American fast-food chain, recently made headlines after it said it investigated reports of hacked customer accounts.

Now, if you are about to order food at home, it’s only convenient to use an app. But many companies are simply making me sign up for some app or website, for example, to get a discount. My friend told me about visiting airports where you needed to sign up for an app to order food to eat in the airport restaurant. Not only are they asking for your money, but for data as well.

Another disturbing story Cybernews covered this week was the OxShag epopea. As you can easily guess, OxShag is an Oxford dating website offering casual sex matchmaking opportunities. The website was taken down almost immediately after its launch on January 8 due to a massive amount of complaints of privacy violations by university students and staff. The website featured a list of everyone with an Oxford University email address.

Big players – big losses

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has broken a record for the largest loss of personal fortune amid “market madness,” the Guinness World Records said.

Musk is estimated to have lost around $182 billion since November 2021, according to Forbes, which reported it was primarily due to the poor performance of Tesla’s stock. Others suggest the losses could be closer to $200 billion.

Huge fines to the big tech companies are yet another thing we got accustomed to. This week, French personal data regulator CNIL said it had fined TikTok €5 million ($ 5.4 million) for its cookies policy.


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