Weekly Cybersecurity Recap April 14

  • By Steven
  • Published: Apr 14, 2023
  • Last Updated: Nov 23, 2023

Recent data breaches have exposed documents from the U.S. Military, from Hawaii Maui College, the major restaurant brand behind companies like Taco Bell and KFC, hardware giant MSI and security company Nexx. Each of these organizations suffered from significant security issues over the past week, and thousands of people were exposed or put at risk as a result. If you are involved with any of the companies listed above, you should learn about their data breach, their security issues, and take action to protect yourself. 

US Military Documents

Protected and classified documents from the U.S. Military have been appearing on social media networks recently. This data is mostly concerning the War in Ukraine and shows things like troop movement, supply storage locations, number of weapons, and more. These key details could give Russia an advantage if Russian officials have the data to look over. It's unclear how this data is being accessed and spread across the internet, and the Pentagon and the U.S. Department of Justice are currently investigating the issue. 

Hawaii Maui College

The Hawaii Maui College is one of ten different Hawaii public university branches throughout the islands, and it suffered a major data breach in February 2023. During this breach, the school may have lost information for more than 10,000 different students. The school hired third-party experts to investigate this breach and to look for what data was involved. A set of detailed letters were sent out to all the involved students, and many students could be at risk of identity theft issues and financial issues related to this attack

Yum!

On January 13, Yum! suffered from a ransomware attack that may have exposed thousands of people. The attack unleashed ID card numbers, first and last names, driver's license numbers, and other personal bits of information. This cyber attack resulted in the shutdown of many restaurants for a short time, but the company doesn't believe long-term damage will come as a result of this attack. 

MSI

MSI was just hit by a cyber attack with cyber gang Money Message taking more than 1.5 TB of data from the company. This data includes things like private keys, bios firmware, and other confidential documents and information. This information could cost the company significantly if it's allowed to spread around the internet. The hacker gang is threatening to release the data in a few days if MSI doesn't pay the $4 Million ransom amount the gang is demanding. It's unclear whether MSI will pay the ransom or not. 

Nexx

Nexx security components are designed to connect alarms, garage door openers, plugs, and more to automate and secure your home at the same time. These parts are designed to work with different areas of your home to keep you safe. Unfortunately, Nexx components may be making your home less safe than if you didn't have security protections at all. Nexx home automation parts are vulnerable to many different hacker attacks, and the company hasn't resolved the issues or made a single statement letting anyone know they are working on the problem. For right now, Nexx equipment isn't safe to use for this reason. 

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