This Week’s Top 5 Cybersecurity News Stories July 2024 | 01

Cybersecurity threats are evolving constantly as threat actors look to gain access to your data and money. To help you stay secure, we have searched the internet for the top five cybersecurity news stories of the week that we think you should be aware of.  No story is too big or small, as we look at threats from espionage to security flaws in every day devices:


1. Brazil Halts Meta’s AI Data Processing Amid Privacy Concerns

Brazil’s data protection authority, ANPD, has temporarily banned Meta from processing users’ personal data to train AI algorithms, citing legal inadequacies, lack of transparency, and risks to children. This decision, impacting 102 million users, follows a Human Rights Watch report highlighting risks to Brazilian children from deepfakes. Meta faces fines if it doesn’t comply within five days. For more about this story click here



2. Polyfill[.]io Attack Impacts Over 380,000 Hosts, Including Major Companies

The supply chain attack on the JavaScript library is more extensive than initially thought, affecting over 380,000 hosts. Prominent companies like WarnerBros, Hulu, and Mercedes-Benz are impacted. The attack, linked to a domain sold to a Chinese company, redirects users to malicious sites. Measures by Namecheap, Cloudflare, and Google are in place to counter it. For more about this story click here



3. OpenSSH Critical Vulnerability Exposes Millions of Linux Servers to Arbitrary Code Attacks

A critical vulnerability in OpenSSH could expose millions of Linux systems to arbitrary code execution. Affecting versions 8.5p1 to 9.7p1, the flaw allows attackers to gain root privileges. Discovered by Qualys, this issue demands urgent updates to version 9.8. The OpenSSH community is swiftly addressing the threat with future security enhancements planned. For more about this story click here



4. Beware of Open-Source Neptune Stealer Delivered Via GitHub

A new malware strain, Neptune Stealer, is alarming the cybersecurity community with its open-source availability on GitHub. This malicious software steals sensitive data and can be easily customized by cybercriminals. Protect yourself by verifying code sources, using reputable security software, and enabling multi-factor authentication. Stay vigilant to guard against emerging threats like Neptune Stealer. For more about this story click here



5. OpenAI’s internal AI details stolen in 2023 breach, NYT reports

Last year, a hacker accessed OpenAI’s internal messaging systems and stole design details of their AI technologies, reports the New York Times. The breach, involving discussions from an online forum, didn’t compromise core systems housing AI models. OpenAI didn’t publicly disclose the incident, deeming it non-threatening to national security, and didn’t involve federal law enforcement. For more about this story click here



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