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Welcome to our blog. Here we will let you know the latest happenings in the information security world.


Magecart hacker group hits 17K Amazon "S3" hosted web domains -- credit card data attack

By Christopher Paidhrin

17,000 domains 'hit' (so far) including 2,000 of the 'biggest sites in the world'.

FYI,

Cyber-attacks happen every day, but the bad actors are targeting where the money is (credit card data) and personally identifiable information (PII) as a side benefit.

"The Magecart hackers have a singular focus: credit card skimming."

https://www.wired.com/story/magecart-amazon-cloud-hacks/

-- There's nothing for consumers to do. Website services need to properly configure and secure their payment processing websites.

NYT: How to Protect Your Digital Privacy

By Christopher Paidhrin

New York Times article provides holistic guidance for securing your online privacy

Thorin Klosowski, a staff writer for Wirecutter, offers sound advice on securing online accounts, using a password manager, blocking 'trackers', keeping your devices patched, turning on device location (should you lose it), and using encryption when possible.

https://www.nytimes.com/guides/privacy-project/how-to-protect-your-digital-privacy?utm_source=sharetools&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=website&emc=eta1

Stay safe out there.

Ransomware strikes Georgia Court System

By Christopher Paidhrin

July 1, 2019 Report on another ransomware attack against a public entity.

Ars Technica Article on Georgia Court System Ransomware attack.

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/07/ryuk-ryuk-ryuk-georgias-courts-hit-by-ransomware/