November 16, 2020
David Redekop

This Week In Nerd News – November 16, 2020

Your weekly top 5 technical and security issues Nerds should pay attention to:

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Ticketmaster fined £1.25m over payment data breach.

Ticketmaster had a breach in 2018 via a third-party chat bot on its site that exposed the credit card details of tens of thousands of customers.

Ticketmaster UK has been fined £1.25m for failing to keep its customers’ personal data secure.

 

Read More: Ticketmaster fined £1.25m over payment data breach

 

Schools Struggling to Stay Open Get Hit by Ransomware Attacks.

Security/convenience tradeoff is hard. Districts around the U.S. are fighting a wave of increasingly aggressive hackers, who are publicly posting sensitive student information.

Districts around the U.S. are fighting a wave of increasingly aggressive hackers, who are publicly posting sensitive student information

 

Read More: Schools Struggling to Stay Open Get Hit by Ransomware Attacks

 

Mysterious Bugs Were Used to Hack iPhones and Android Phones and No One Will Talk About It.

Google found at least seven critical bugs being exploited by hackers in the wild. But after disclosing them days ago, the company has yet to reveal key details about who used them and against whom.

Google found at least seven critical bugs being exploited by hackers in the wild. But after disclosing them days ago, the company has yet to reveal key details about who used them and against whom.

 

Read More: Mysterious Bugs Were Used to Hack iPhones and Android Phones and No One Will Talk About It

 

North Korea and Russia are still trying to hack coronavirus vaccine researchers.

Government hackers targeting vaccine research are broadly assumed to be conducting espionage for their own countries’ vaccine efforts.

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Welcome Back to the Office. Please Wear This Tracking Device.

A boom in contact tracing devices could herald a new era of worker surveillance.

Before April, Radiant RFID, a 16-year-old tech company based in Austin, was mainly in the business of tracking equipment around the workplace. Radiant’s tags, which can use Bluetooth or GPS, can be stuck to anything valuable, like a crash cart in a hospital or a specialty tool in an auto manufacturing plant. Then, the object’s location can be constantly tracked through Radiant’s website or app.

 

Read More: Welcome Back to the Office. Please Wear This Tracking Device.

 

Did you know?

Apple apps on Big Sur bypass firewalls and VPNs — just another reason to have out-of-band protection.

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