KW 15: Hackers sell data from 500 million LinkedIn users, Phishing text messages after Facebook leak, Women still seldom involved in cybersecurity


Hackers sell data from 500 million LinkedIn users: Social networks are among the favorite sources of hackers to extract information from internet users. This time it was LinkedIn’s turn, because in a hacker forum someone is selling a database that would contain personal and work information of 500 million users. To prove that he is not lying, the anonymous hacker published a „taste“ of the leak: four files with data from 2 million LinkedIn accounts. The cybercriminal sells the entire database for a „minimum price of 4 figures“ — that is, between $1,000 and $9,999. According to the sample shared by the Cybernews portal, the files reveal information such as LinkedIn ID, full name, professional title, email, phone number, gender, links to other social media profiles and users‘ work history.

Phishing text messages after Facebook leak: More than 500 million people are said to have been affected by a data leak recently discovered on Facebook. Telephone numbers also got into the hands of hackers. According to information from Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), they are now increasingly sending phishing SMS messages to owners, the content of which contains alleged information from parcel services such as DHL or FedEx. But the messages really contain a link to a page that installs a banking Trojan called FluBot on users‘ end devices. The aim of the hackers is to gain access to sensitive bank data of those affected.

German CDU politician Pfeiffer not running for parliament: CDU politician Joachim Pfeiffer has not only resigned from his position as spokesman for energy and economic policy for the Union parliamentary group, but has also announced that he will no longer run for parliament. The step follows allegations of alleged conflicts of interest in relation to Pfeiffer’s secondary business activities. Hackers have now released confidential financial data relating to Pfeiffer’s company holdings. The CDU politician sees this as a criminal violation of his personal rights and a campaign against politicians‘ entrepreneurial activities.

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Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe withdraws lawsuit against the Federal Office for Information Security: The Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe (German: „Berlin Transport Company“) is withdrawing a lawsuit against the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI). In October last year, the Berlin Transport Company filed a lawsuit against an order from the BSI that wanted the local transport company to provide evidence of protection against cyberattacks on the control systems of subways, trams and buses. The Berlin Transport Company argued that the BSI did not have the authority to order it to do anything, since its systems are not a highly security-sensitive critical infrastructure. After several Berlin Senate MPs and Interior Senator Andreas Geisel and Transport Senator Regine Günther stood behind the BSI, the Berlin Transport Company has now given in.

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The quarterly McAfee Threats Report identified 648 new cyber threats per minute in the fourth quarter of 2020.


Young professionals pose a particular threat when it comes to cybersecurity: Experts repeatedly point out that in the shadow of the Covid-19 pandemic, cyber attacks are developing into a global challenge on a large scale. Due to the forced conversion of the working world to home office solutions, companies often offer an easy target for attacks in a very short time. According to several studies, young professionals in particular pose a significant safety risk. In an interview with “Wirtschaftswoche”, cyber expert Thomas Kühn reports on how the digital world is changing and how one can sensitize and train young professionals.

Women still seldom involved in cybersecurity: There is a striking discrepancy between men and women when it comes to working in cybersecurity. For Martha Chrisander, Head of Product Marketing at the LogPoint CTO Office, the industry is in a vicious circle. When women who want to start their careers in the IT world see that there are few female managers in the industry, they are put off – the cycle repeats. For beginners, Chrisander recommends looking for female mentors who can actively provide support in conquering the male domain.


„We have to protect ourselves from disinformation campaigns, hacker attacks and hybrid warfare. It’s about an attack on our system of values. That is why we have to move together – in the EU, in NATO, together with the other democracies of the western world.“
FDP politician Alexander Graf Lambsdorff in a FR interview about a new foreign policy between Europe, China, Russia and the US.


Zoos in Berlin give the all-clear after hacker attack: The ticket service provider for Tierpark Berlin und Zoo Berlin became a victim of a hacker attack about a month ago. Now, the Dutch company Ticketcounter has given the all-clear. The attackers did not intercept any sensitive data such as phone numbers or account details, said the company. Visitors who purchased tickets online between April 28 and August 5, 2020 were at risk from the attack. According to the investigation, however, only names, email addresses and details of the tickets booked are affected. Hackers therefore know who looked at the panda babies Pit and Paule in the past year – that should be bearable.

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