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It’s 2020, and the internet isn’t getting much safer

It’s 2020, and the internet isn’t getting much safer

It’s been a crazy year on all fronts, including network security.

Though most countries in the world have spent a significant time on lockdown in some form or other, that hasn’t stopped cybercriminals from trying to take advantage of the situation.

They’re not only targeting people and taking advantage of COVID-19 fears, either. In fact, malicious hackers are continuing to attack people on all fronts to steal sensitive personal information.

Here’s a look at some notable cases from recent weeks.

50,000 webcam cameras hacked, footage uploaded on porn sites

People from Singapore were shocked to learn that at least 50,000 security cameras had been hacked. They contained footage of people in various states of dress, women breastfeeding, and even some people in their bathrooms.

IP cameras are important in Singapore because there are many multi-generational households, which means that the elderly often live with their children and grandchildren. Having monitoring systems is important so that households can make sure that everyone is safe, and that they know if there’s been some sort of accident.

The problem is that many of these homes don’t have sufficient security measures to prevent outside entities from accessing their networks.

The stolen footage was sold to people, who paid either a subscription fee or a US$150 lifetime access fee.

College student’s trading app hacked

There is no target too small for cybercriminals. In the case of a college student in the US, it was claimed that hackers were able to steal his money from popular trading app Robinhood.

The unfortunate victim lost US$4,020 in the process. That may not sound like a lot to some people, but for a college kid who is working three jobs, that amounted to his life savings.

He’s not the only one either, as other users of the platform have said they’d been robbed.

Of course, when security breaches like this occur, companies will usually throw the onus on the user either.

This is what a Robinhood representative told CNBC

"A limited number of customers appear to have had their Robinhood account targeted by cyber criminals because of their personal email account (that which is associated with their Robinhood account) being compromised outside of Robinhood. We’re actively working with those impacted to secure their accounts."

The jist of that is you’re probably out of luck if a breach costs you money.

Broadvoice leaks 350 million private records

Broadvoice, a business phone service, recently landed in hot water for getting 350 million customer records leaked. 

These records included voicemail transcripts, full names of callers, phone numbers, and even the city or state of origin.

They didn’t make it hard for hackers to steal the data, either. According to threatpost, they left an unsecured database cluster online that needed no authentication.

For a company that services financial and healthcare companies, the implications are mind-boggling. Some of the transcripts included information on financial loans and medical prescriptions – things that you never want an outsider to have access to.

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