Tuesday, March 19, 2019

HACKERS AND YOUR DATA

Is your personal data safe? No it's not.  It's just been announced that a hacker called Knosticplayers hacked 6 different companies in February and is now selling 26 million records  of the 840 million records they got a hold of on the Darkweb marketplace.  The records are being sold in Bitcoin for $ 4,490.  Before the hacker put these records up for sale, the hacker extorted the companies and these are the records from the companies who did not pony up the ransom for their records.  This s the 4th round of records that Knosticplayers has released and sold different data breach records.  I believe before its all said and done records from our government shutdown will also be sold on the darkweb which our government will eventually announce.  Remember our IT personell were also at home with hundreds of security certificates that expired during the shutdown.
     In other cyber security news Citrix was hacked, they found out from the FBI's cybersecurity division, what was hacked is still being investigated.  Also a new YELP mobile app that appeals to MAGA supporters was breached and their records compromised.  Finally selling your personal information from sites like Facebook, Instagram on the darkweb is gaining popularity as the price of Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Monero languishes including running ransomware schemes to companies as companies balk at ransom, instead taking their chances that we the people will not find out. Eventually later on this year and next year Bitcoin and Monero will pick up lustre as this sector is building its bases for a spring board back to respectability and new heights.  But as of now hackers are content with stealing your account credentials, payment card information, government database info, financial institutions and healthcare databases companies.  So be diligent in guarding your smartphone information and the use of webcams on your phone and computer, watch what types of links and documents you click on, cuz its a dangerous world since everything we do now is some type of digital transaction.

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