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…
Did you know that the NSA has a Twitter for spies? That’s hilarious, actually. It’s called eChirp, which is even more hilarious because of how unimaginative it is. “eChirp” is straight out of like 1997, and is something old people actually call Twitter.
Anyways, there’s like 60,000 spies on eChirp and I just imagine it’s like, “You would NOT believe what this guy is hiding #spylife” and showing pictures of important documents with captions like, “They left this just sitting out lol”.
Facebook has updated its privacy policies in a move that sees the social media giant prohibiting developers from using its massive database to make surveillance tools for monitoring users. This comes after a bunch of civil organizations like the ACLU wanted Facebook and Twitter to do more to stop law enforcement from tracking civilians using social media data.
The Nintendo Switch was released in early March, and has already been hacked due to its use of a vulnerable Webkit exploit in the browser on the Switch console.
At least Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is awesome.
Wanna know how unsecure the Internet of Things is? Not even your fun-time toys are safe.
Yahoo has had loads of trouble with data breaches, resulting in hundreds of millions of user accounts and data being exposed. The FBI has determined that Russian hackers were behind the Yahoo hacks, and that they most likely used your basic, run-of-the-mill phishing email and social engineering to gather the data they needed to gain access to the system. Again, the biggest vulnerability to data is the users themselves.
A report from the Pew Research Center notes that 28% of smartphone owners do not use a lock screen or password or really anything in the way of stopping anyone from accessing the data on their smartphone by a single touch.
Again, the biggest vulnerability to data is users.
Lazarus, a North Korean hacking group, was behind a massive cyberattack that targeted banks and other financial institutions in 31 countries, according to cybersecurity firm Symantec. According to North Korea, they had nothing to do with it. Classic North Korea.
Stay safe out there!