A few cybercriminals recently hit the jackpot – literally. “Jackpotting,” a hack that forces ATMs to dispense large amounts of cash on demand, hit the cybercrime scene in a big way, with six reported cases in the United States during the last week of January alone. In other cybersecurity news, exercise tracking app Strava and its public heatmap of user activity raised serious privacy concerns this week. A sharp-eyed student noticed that small, secluded areas of high Strava activity in countries like Syria, Afghanistan, and Somalia could potentially indicate the locations of several US military bases.
On a lighter note, “ransomware” has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary! If you want to dig deeper and learn more about ransomware, our hosts, Security Analysts Jessica Ortega and Ramuel Gall, have you covered. They’ll discuss what it is, why it’s so popular with cybercriminals, and – perhaps most importantly – what you can do to prevent it.