Friday Five: 7/31 Edition (Updated 2020)



Your weekly roundup of information security news.

Happy Friday! Close out the work week with our picks for the hottest articles from the IT and security presses:

  1. "China-Tied Hackers That Hit U.S. Said to Breach United Airlines" by Michael Riley
    and Jordan Robertson
    Chinese hackers just can't seem to get enough - shortly after they stole millions of personal data from U.S. government employees and insurance holders, United Airlines seems to be next on the list. With United being the second largest airline in the world, this could be disastrous. To learn more about this threat, read this article.
  2. "Elastica Cloud Threat Labs Discovered Latest Google Drive Phishing Campaign!" by Martin Johnson
    Phishers are at it again, and this time they are taking advantage of users’ trust for Google and its services; phishing activities are now being hosted on Google Drive. Read this article if you use Google’s services and want to avoid falling victim to these attacks.
  3. "Windows 10 Shares Your Wi-Fi With Contacts" by Brian Krebs
    Sharing is caring – but is it always a good thing to do? Amidst all the free Windows 10 upgrade hype that has been going on, users have unearthed a Windows 10 feature that can pose a real security risk to Wi-Fi users. The feature, dubbed Wi-Fi Sense by Microsoft, allows you to share your encrypted Wi-Fi password with your social media contacts. To learn more about this Wi-Fi sensation, read this article.
  4. "Android Stagefright Flaws Put 950 Million Devices at Risk" by Michael Mimoso
    Attacks are getting easier for hackers, it seems. With Android’s Stagefright media playback flaws being deemed the mobile security equivalent to the Heartbleed bug, Android users could be put at risk by a simple MMS message sent by an attacker. Find out more about the vulnerabilities in Stagefright by reading this article.
  5. "Planned Parenthood Reports Hack Attack" by Mathew J Schwartz
    Hacker group “3301” has hacked into the non-profit reproductive healthcare organization and are threatening to release employee emails. 3301 was angered by the organization’s recently released video in which an employee discusses the costs that are involved with fetal tissue research. For further details, read this article.
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