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This Week in Getting Hacked: 7-Zip Users Beware Edition!

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Q.C. Crea

Welcome back to ‘This Week in Getting Hacked’—the world’s greatest cybersecurity-related link dump! Each week, we bring you the best news stories from the cybersecurity field, letting you know who’s getting hacked, who’s hacking, what data is leaking, and about what you should take with caution. So strap in, change your password, and let’s find out who’s getting hacked this week!

On to the links…

Boy, the Equifax story just never ends. For about the ninth time, Equifax has revealed the “FULL” extent of the biggest security hack in history (something which I thought they had already done about eight other times). Here are the stats:

  • 146 million people were affected
  • 99 million addresses
  • 209,000 payment cards
  • 38,000 drivers’ licenses
  • 3,200 passports

YIKES. The good news is that the number of people affected didn’t change, but the bad news is… passports? Equifax was apparently unaware people were uploading their passport information to their servers in another case of them being really inept. Check out the link above for more details and we’ll be sure to update you when the next full extent of the hack is revealed.

If you use 7-Zip because you don’t like using WINRAR’s free trial for nine years, well, there’s a security flaw. That’s right! One of the most popular unzipping tools out there affects all software versions before the publication of this post.

So if you use it, please update it. For now, please check out their trailer (yes, they have a trailer):

Pacemakers need updates too. Over 350,000 cardiac devices need a security patch according to the US Food and Drug Administration warns that devices made by Abbott’s (formerly St. Jude Medical) are open to cyber-attacks which include sudden loss of battery.

The radio-frequency controlled devices are good devices, but the people who would hack them are most certainly not. Schedule an appointment to get the update now, please.

ALERT* This is a Nutella story ALERT* This Week in Getting Hacked has now seen everything. World Password Day was 7 days ago and none of you celebrated it. Neither did I. I had better things to do. Much like the person running Nutella’s Twitter account who apparently thinks “Nutella” is a fantastic password. Check it out:


That’s it for this week, folks. Please change your passwords and disable Cortana when not in use. People are smart. You are not.

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