Even celebrity status can’t protect your data
At the beginning of September, a news story broke that Selena Gomez had her Instagram hacked. Why does the Instagram of a celebrity matter this time? Because this hack goes much further.
Instagram won’t confirm just how many accounts were affected, but the hackers claim they have information on 6 million users. They used this information to set up a site called Doxagram, where you could pay to search for the private contact information of these users. These accounts included almost all of the 50 most followed Instagram accounts. People like Rihanna, Emma Watson, Floyd Mayweather, and even the official account of the white house.
Kaspersky Labs reported to Facebook that there was a flaw within the Instagram mobile app password reset option. However, it was in a 2016 version of the app, so if you have kept Instagram up to date, you should be protected.
This is just another lesson why it’s so critical to keep up to date on software patches. Any vulnerability, even in an unsuspecting, non-business software like Instagram, could lead to a major breach.
CCleaner adds malware to your devices
Avast, the parent company to Piriform, discovered that two of their products had been compromised. Hackers breached these two products and added malware into the new version. Then anyone who installed CCleaner also got this malware that allowed hackers to control the infected computer.
Affected Piriform products:
- CCleaner v5.33.6162
- CCleaner Cloud v1.07.3191
The software has since been updated to remove the malware, but the damage has been done. Piriform says that they fixed things “before any known harm was done” and that no sensitive data was collected. While that might be true, it doesn’t mean the hackers didn’t accomplish their goals. They go access to a massively used software and that, in turn, gave them a back door into businesses that use it.
Every month we see a bevy of new third party updates, and are always enhancing our library of supported vendors. Special requests and additions are welcomed. This month’s releases include:
Below are a list of third-party software updates for the month:
|Vendor||Category||Patch Version and Release Notes Link:|
|Adobe||Media Software||Flash Player 27 and AIR 27: https://helpx.adobe.com/flash-player/release-note/fp_27_air_27_release_notes.html|
|Web Browser||Chrome 61.0.3163.100: https://chromereleases.googleblog.com/2017/09/stable-channel-update-for-desktop_21.html|
|Ivo Soft||Misc.||ClassicShell_v4.3.1: http://www.classicshell.net/history/|
|Peter Pawlowski||Audio Player||Foobar2000_v1.3.16: http://www.foobar2000.org/changelog|
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