The Cyber News Rundown brings you the latest happenings in cyber news weekly. Who am I? I’m Connor Madsen, a Webroot Threat Research Analyst, and a guy with a passion for all things security. Any questions? Just ask.
US Military Files Found on Publicly Available Server
In the past week, researchers have discovered several publicly available Amazon S3 servers belonging to the US Army and the NSA. Of the numerous sensitive files that were exposed, one was a virtual machine that contained thousands of files, many of which were labeled “Top Secret”, though these were inaccessible without the aid of other internal resources. Along with the virtual machine, researchers also discovered a portion of an outdated cloud computing service used to access the aggregate information on an Army intelligence network, though the program has been out of use since 2014.
Latest MacOS Leaves Root Access Exposed
With the latest iteration of MacOS, dubbed High Sierra, comes an unusual problem: it allows anyone with local access to a machine to log in as a “root” user (which has powerful system permissions) without entering a password. Fortunately for many users, simply adding a root password was a quick method to solve the security issue, though Apple promptly released a patch which provided the fix.
Healthcare Industry Takes Firmer Stance on Security
A new report revealed that most healthcare domains do little to protect their email users, as a staggering 57% of all emails that come from the healthcare industry have been found to be fraudulent. In addition, at least 92% of all healthcare domains have been victims of phishing or scam emails within the past 6 months. Hopefully, with the implementation of stricter security measures, customers can begin to have more trust in the emails they receive from healthcare providers.
Facebook Flaw Allows Polls to Delete Other Users’ Data
Recently, a researcher found a flaw in Facebook’s polling feature that would have allowed him to connect this poll with any other user’s images and subsequently delete the images when he deleted the poll. By finding a workaround to user authentication, he could attach the image ID of any picture that was posted to the site to a Facebook poll he created. Luckily, the researcher quickly contacted Facebook, who have since fixed the flaw and paid a tidy bounty for the find.
Uber Waits Entire Year to Reveal Data Breach
Last week, Uber announced they suffered a data breach in late 2016 that could affect 2.7 million users in the UK. Reportedly, Uber knew of the breach and paid the hackers $100,000 to delete the stolen data and keep quiet. While the breach appears to only contain names, email addresses, and phone numbers, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) encourages all Uber users to change their login credentials immediately, as the full extent of the breach remains unclear. This breach and its handling are yet another strike against the ride-sharing service, after a long year of controversies that have majorly affected their business.