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DDoS Attack via Compromised Smart Toothbrushes Disrupts Swiss Company’s Network

A Swiss company recently faced a significant setback due to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack orchestrated through compromised smart toothbrushes. With over 3 million devices affected, the attack resulted in millions of Euros in losses for the company. The smart toothbrushes, operating on the Java platform designed for IoT devices, proved vulnerable to infiltration by hackers, who used them to form a bot army. These compromised devices flooded the company’s servers with fake web traffic, crippling its network.

Google Agrees to $350 Million Compensation for Google+ Data Breach

In response to a data breach on its now-defunct social networking platform, Google+ launched in 2017-2018, Google has agreed to pay $350 million in compensation to shareholders. The breach, which occurred in 2018, allowed cybercriminals to exploit a software glitch, compromising personal data of platform users. Concerns arose regarding the potential sale of this compromised data on the dark web, highlighting serious data security issues.

Mozilla Firefox Introduces Premium Service to Combat Dark Web Data Theft

Amidst the rise of the dark web as a hotspot for stolen data, Mozilla Firefox is set to launch a premium service aimed at enhancing users’ online security. Mozilla Monitor Plus, a subscription-based service priced at $108 per year, will offer features such as content search and alerts, removing personal information and thwarting data harvesting on websites. Acting as an ad blocker plugin, it will also include an email masking feature, bolstering data security. This service, previously known as Firefox Monitor, serves as an upgraded version of Mozilla’s 2018 Monitor service.

Verizon Faces Data Breach After Insider Accesses Employee Information

Telecom giant Verizon Communications has issued a public statement regarding a data breach involving fraudulent access to personally identifiable information (PII) of employees. In December 2023, the company discovered that an insider accessed information pertaining to over 63,000 staff members, subsequently sharing it on the dark web. The compromised data includes sensitive details such as social security numbers, national IDs, insurance coverage, gender, union affiliation, dates of birth, and compensation information. As a precautionary measure, Verizon is offering free credit monitoring services to affected employees.

 Cisco to Integrate AI Capabilities into Networking Equipment

Cisco has announced plans to enhance its networking equipment with artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, aiming to improve customer network protection. This move promises users a unified experience of cloud services, security, and automation by leveraging Cisco’s products and services. This strategic integration underscores Cisco’s commitment to providing advanced solutions that prioritize network security and efficiency.

Lurie Childrens hospital of Chicago network hacked

Lurie Children’s Hospital has admitted that its network was breached by hackers who might be known group of threat actors working for a state intelligence. But they failed to take the name of the group, despite the suffering of a total communication disruption for the past 9 days, for reasons.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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