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Cyber Security Incidents Updates wk20

Here’s your Cyber Security Incidents Update for wk20 2024

(a once-a-week on Monday glimpse into just a fraction of the Cyber Security events of the previous week to inform regarding the depth and breadth of the incidents world-wide)


⦿ Firstmac, Brisbane, Australia. Firstmac is a significant player in Australia's financial services industry, focusing primarily on mortgage lending, investment management, and securitisation services

-Data compromised

⦿ Full name, Residential address, Email address, Phone number, Date of birth, External bank account information, Driver's license number

(Staying down under..)


⦿ A third-party vendor to MediSecure, Melbourne, Australia - electronic prescription provider

-Data compromised

⦿ Not known at this time but likely to be personal and health information of individuals


⦿ The education division of The City of Helsinki, Finland

-Data compromised

⦿ Personnel usernames and email addresses plus information about fees, childhood education and care, children's status, welfare requests, medical certificates, and other highly sensitive information

-Initial access

⦿ Access to a network drive after exploiting a vulnerability in a remote access server, FOR WHICH A PATCH WAS AVAILABLE

-Possible Prevention

⦿ (Um, let me think about that now...)🤦‍♂️

One piece of good news 👍:

A Dutch court found Alexey Pertsev, a co-founder of the anonymising cryptocurrency service Tornado Cash, guilty of money laundering, sentencing him to just over five years and in prison. Tornado Cash laundered $1.2 billion worth of cryptocurrency stolen through at least 36 hacks

One final note:

The US DoJ announced charges against 49-year-old Christina Marie Chapman of Arizona, who now faces more than 97 years in prison, over her alleged role in assisting North Korean IT workers with getting jobs in the United States between October 2020 and October 2023. These workers stole the identities of people living in the US and enabled them to get jobs at more than 300 companies. This allowed them not only to earn at least $6.8 million for North Korea, but also to obtain valuable access to information and networks


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