Weekly Cybersecurity Recap February 3
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- By Steven
- Feb 03, 2023
Well, the last month has passed incredibly quickly and without much stir, which gives us hope for the next year. However, this month has been incredibly eventful in the world of cybersecurity. Some pieces of our everyday lives are now in the hands of hackers, and it's not a comfy feeling. Luckily, we can protect ourselves from the worst danger; ignorance. Knowing about the breaches means we know what we are and need to protect ourselves from. So let's look at this week's headliners, and see what's going on in our ever-changing field.
ODIN is a tech provider for the U.S. police and other law enforcement agencies (FBI, ICE, etc.). The company creates systems that track and monitor sex offenders, and the company also has police files within an app called SweepWizard. SweepWizard is also used to plan raids and attacks on suspects' homes. This app was where the hack began because ODIN was allegedly alerted to a vulnerability in SweepWizard's systems and ignored it. Soon after, the breach became worse and affected more people. The hacker gave the stolen information to DDoSecrets, a leading transparency collective that assures everyone involved in the breach that their information will be used sparingly.
Morgan Hill Unified School District
At this point, California cannot catch a break – especially the schools. Not only are most schools in California losing teachers at an alarming rate, but they also seem to be being hacked more and more often. After Vice Society attacked the Los Angles Unified School District, the hacks became more common and dangerous. This breach affected an MHUSD employee's email. The district did not immediately tell the press what information was affected in the breach but did disclose that certain details were accessed through the hijacked email. So, any information you would not usually share via email will most likely be safe.
T-Mobile and Google Fi
Yes, we're sorry; you did read that correctly. T-Mobile's eighth hack (from last week) has now spun out of control and affected Google Fi, a company that was piggybacking off its lines and systems. SIM card numbers, phone numbers, and certain account details, like account status and plan details. Luckily, Google Fi is not the most popular network provider (by a long shot), so fewer people are likely to be negatively affected.
Benefit Administrative Systems
This company is an HR provider for multiple companies, and, somehow, the breach only affected employees. The hacker accessed a very sensitive piece of information; health insurance numbers. So long as someone has your insurance number and name (which the hacker now has), they can use your insurance for doctor's office and hospital visits, procedures, and even prescriptions. Insurance fraud and medical identity theft are rampant problems, and this breach is certainly not helping matters.
I think we all had that experience in grade or middle school where our best friend scammed us by telling us the toy they had was way cooler than ours, so we traded, only to find out their toy's arm had broken off a week ago and was being held on by dried gum. Apparently, adults do this, too, as a day before Bell-Carter was bought, the company experienced a data breach. The main question is whether or not the previous owners knew about the hack. The breach only affected employees, but these people are still in danger. Luckily, that's why we're here; we can help and protect you. Stay safe out there!