FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Round-Up: May 12th – May 18th

Hey there, FixMeFans and StartMeStars! We hope everyone is doing well and keeping safe – for our Canadian friends, we’re sure you were able to enjoy the lovely long weekend.

This week we’re dealing with some news concerning Microsoft’s new security measures, how a criminal forum website has ironically suffered a data breach, and how a woman in New Zealand has been stalked using her COVID-19 tracing information. Read more on this week’s top stories below!

With an increase in the amount of COVID-19 related cyber-attacks recently, it seems as though Microsoft’s new announcement will help in improving everyone’s cybersecurity. On May 14th, Microsoft announced it will be sharing COVID-19 threat intelligence feeds for Azure Sentinel customers, and it will also be available publicly on GitHub.

This means that everyone (even non-Microsoft users) will gain access to a wide range of COVID-19 related information, ensuring that they receive the best information possible, even if they’re not protected by Microsoft products.

Curious? You can read more about Microsoft’s announcement here.

Every other day there seems to be another data breach with more data offered for sale on the dark web. However, in a strange turn of events, cyber-criminal forum WeLeakData (a website responsible for several breaches) has reportedly been hacked and is now having the contents of its database sold online.

As these types of websites tend to typically cause a lot of undue stress with their rampant data breaches and hacks, it’s almost relieving to see these cybercriminals receive a taste of their own medicine.

You can read more about the incident here!

With many industries moving their operations online, it means a lot of the things we usually take for granted will be subject to change – like the expectancy not to be stalked after placing a food order online!

But that’s precisely what had happened to a woman in New Zealand. While placing an online order for Subway, the woman was asked to fill out a contact-tracing form so she could order her food. The form asked for her name, home address, email address and phone number – a standard request for placing an online order.

However, soon after, the woman began receiving numerous calls and messages from one of the restaurant employees. Understandably so, the employee was soon fired after the incident. Still, it nevertheless raises the question regarding how much of our information is accessible, especially in this era where privacy is constantly being pushed.

That’s all for this week’s round-up folks! We hope you’re staying safe with all that’s going on, especially when it comes to your cybersecurity!

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