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Cybersecurity Weekly: The worst hacks of 2021, security of smart devices and zero-day exposures

December 27, 2021 by Camille Raymond

Recapping the worst hacks of 2021, securing all the new smart devices and holiday gifts and a 4-year-old vulnerability that could expose passwords, access tokens and more. All this, and more, in this week’s edition of Cybersecurity Weekly.

1. The worst hacks of 2021

Here’s WIRED’s retrospective on the year’s worst breaches, leaks, data exposures, ransomware attacks, state-sponsored hacking campaigns, and digital mayhem. With no sign of a reprieve in 2022, watch your back and stay safe out there.
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2. How secure are smart devices?

As the holiday season concludes,  it’s likely that many of us recieved smart devices as gifts. Smart devices are becoming more and more common, and many of our appliances even have “smart features”. Keatron Evans shares what sorts of risks these devices might pose. 

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3. 4-year-old Microsoft Azure zero-day exposes web app source code

The security vulnerability could expose passwords and access tokens, along with blueprints for internal infrastructure and finding software vulnerabilities.

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4. Expert details macOS bug that could let malware bypass gatekeeper security

Apple recently fixed a security vulnerability in the macOS operating system that could be potentially exploited by a threat actor to “trivially and reliably” bypass a “myriad of foundational macOS security mechanisms” and run arbitrary code.

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5. ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ pirated downloads contain crypto-mining malware

Peter Parker might not be a mastermind cryptocurrency criminal, but the name Spiderman is quickly becoming more associated with the mining landscape. ReasonLabs recently discovered a new form of malware hacking into customer computers in the guise of the latest Spiderman movie.

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Posted: December 27, 2021
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