FixMeStick’s Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: July 21st – July 27th

Hey there, FixMeFans and StartMeStars! We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe. We’re back with another edition of our weekly roundup where we deliver the most recent comings and goings of the cybersecurity world.

This week we’re coming to you with news about a new Apple lawsuit, a recent data leak exposing Iran’s interference with the US military, and how a new FBI unit is using facial recognition to solve crimes.

According to recent claims, fraudsters have been using App Store and iTunes gift cards as a means of acquiring funds from victims. This method has been increasing in popularity over the years, with scammers netting over a billion dollars as people continue to fall victim.

However, now Apple seems to be facing a lawsuit for their failure to prevent the scams from taking place.

So far, seven customers have taken Apple to court, alleging that Apple had knowingly or recklessly enabled the scam. And even though Apple has a support page detailing the nature of the scam, they are still facing legal action as individuals claim they have not done enough to stop the scams from taking place.

Curious? You can read up on the situation here.

According to IBM researchers, a group of Iranian hackers have been keeping tabs on American officials’ online lives by hacking their Google accounts.

This information, which came to light through a recent data leak, was found through an Iranian server which had been left open. According to this leak, Iranian hackers had gained access to the Google account of a U.S. Navy Official, and also tried to gain access to several other prominent accounts.

The most alarming bit of information from the data leak is said to be the training videos, which displayed tactics and instructions on how to navigate and hack into various types of private online accounts.

You can read more on the data leak here!

Multimedia Exploitation Unit (MXU), a previously unknown FBI forensics team, has recently come to light with their goal of analyzing America’s most horrific crimes through the lens of facial recognition.

While the unit had been previously hidden by the government, it appears they have been active since 2016 and have been using cutting edge technology to analyze video footage associated with terror attacks. The footage can range from CCTV footage, witness video, or even social media clips.

Though there is little information provided about the unit, they’ve received nearly $35 million in funding over the past few years, and have apparently been linked to every major crime investigation since their creation.

You can read up on the situation here!

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

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