Cyber Security Watch July 2020

By Simon Stone | August 26th, 2020 | Cyber Security Watch

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Another month, another wave of challenges in the cyber security world. July has seen ransomware attacks, undeletable malware and a wipeout of over 1,000 unsecured databases.

Read on for your monthly cyber security digest.










Android adware linked with unremovable malware

Researchers have discovered files linked to adware on Android devices that can carry unremovable malware. Adware campaigns can hide in areas where most anti-malware software can’t locate. Malware can alter libraries or software components, leaving Android devices obsolete.





EU-US data privacy shield court rejection called a win for privacy
An agreement controlling the transfer of EU citizens’ data with the US has been rejected by the European Court of Justice. A privacy advocate argued US laws failed to protect EU citizens from government interference.
The EU-US privacy shield currently “underpins transatlantic digital trade” for over 5,300 companies, with affected companies now having to sign a “standard contractual clause”.




Garmin services affected by ransomware attack

Garmin, a smart wear maker, was forced to shut services on July 23 due to a ransomware attack on its internal network. The situation also affected their call centres, stopping customer relations altogether. It remains unclear whether customer data has been affected by the incident.





234 policy-violating apps smuggled on the Alexa Skills Store

A recent 12-month study of the Alexa Skills Store has revealed academics have been able to upload 234 policy-violating apps/skills into the Alexa store without significant difficulties. The team successfully uploaded 193 skills on the first try, with the other 41 accepted on the second.





Hackers wipe out over 1,000 unsecured databases

Cyber criminals have wiped out 1,000 unsecure databases, leaving the word ‘meow’ in its place. Sensitive data uncovered included passwords, VPN and IP address information. It is still unclear who is responsible for the cyber attack. It was expected that the number could double over the next 24 hours.







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