Security News This Week: A Planned Parenthood LA Hack Affects 400,000 Patients

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hacker for months Iran’s public infrastructure has been targeted, affecting everything from trains to gas stations to airlines. This appears to be an escalation of long-running tensions with Israel – showing how cyberattacks can have ramifications in the real world. In this case those repercussions are of particular concern because they are felt primarily by citizens.

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In other regional news, spyware from the Israel-based NSO group was reportedly found on the phones of nearly a dozen US State Department officials. The victims were either living in Uganda or working on issues related to the country. The incident illustrates how thin the NSO Group’s rationalization of its flagship surveillance product has always been, although it is unclear whether anything will stop the nearly constant abuse perpetrated by authoritarian governments.

Security researchers think they’ve found a better way to find state-sponsored trolls on Reddit. Malicious apps designed to steal banking information got into the Google Play Store and were downloaded more than 300,00 times before they could even boot up. And a bug in cryptocurrency service MonoX Finance gave hackers away from the theft of $31 million.


Facebook will require its most at-risk users to put two-factor authentication on their accounts. As Android 12 rolls out to more devices, we took a look at the privacy settings you should check out now. And so-called watering hole attacks have become increasingly common; We talked about what they are, and why they are so insidious.

Lastly, sorry everyone sneakers, hackers, And war games, But math question Best hacker movie ever.

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There is so much more! Each week we round up all the security news Nerdshala didn’t cover in depth. Click on the headlines to read the full story.

Between October 7 and October 19, a hacker gained access to the network of Planned Parenthood’s Los Angeles outpost and stole data relating to 400,000 patients. The organization told victims that the information included not only their name, address and other identifying information, but also information about their procedures and prescriptions. While the news comes the same week that the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case related to a controversial Mississippi abortion law, the hack itself appears to be related to ransomware rather than politically motivated.

We have previously written about the reduction of so-called predictive policing, in which law enforcement uses data to predict where crimes will occur and who will commit them and allocate resources accordingly. This week, new reporting from Markup and Gizmodo revealed that these systems disproportionately affect Black and Latino neighborhoods. This is a very deep dive that is well worth your time.

Tor is an invaluable anonymity tool that relies on thousands of proxy servers to route encrypted traffic. However, it turns out that a sophisticated actor is running hundreds of those servers in bad faith. Taking a closer look, a researcher suspects that they are trying to collect information about people using the Tor network. The Tor Project is removing malicious servers from the network, as they’ve been told, but at one point the threat actor ran up to 900 at a time.

Earlier this year, router maker Ubiquiti suffered a hack that an apparent whistleblower attributed to outside hackers. Now, an indictment from the Justice Department alleges that the incident was actually the work of an insider, and that the whistleblower was in fact the attacker. If the allegations are true, it’s an incredibly shameless series of actions, and it takes minutes to sift through.

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