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    Crooks Target Ticketmaster and Paris Olympics

    Ticketmaster Breach: A Lesson for All

    Concertgoers, especially fans of Taylor Swift, have found themselves in the crosshairs of cybercriminals. Recently, Ticketmaster, the American ticket sales and distribution company, suffered a significant breach. Initially, Ticketmaster did not confirm whether the breach, which allegedly exposed data of 560 million customers, had occurred. However, both Ticketmaster’s parent company, Live Nation, and Santander Bank, another targeted institution, later admitted to the incident.

    The breaches were traced back to a third-party cloud data breach involving Snowflake, an American data cloud company. Snowflake denied responsibility, stating that while an ex-employee account was compromised, it was not linked to the attacks on Ticketmaster and Santander Bank customers. The leaked data reportedly includes personal information such as full names, email addresses, physical addresses, telephone numbers, hashed credit card numbers, authentication types, and financial transactions.

    This incident underscores the importance of robust cybersecurity measures and accountability, highlighting the need for vigilance in protecting customer data.

    Google Faces New Controversies

    Google, already under scrutiny, faced two significant leaks recently. Internal documents leaked to 404 Media revealed that Google had been collecting sensitive user data, including inadvertent recordings of children’s voices, leaking users’ addresses via Waze, and scanning and storing car license plates through Google Street View.

    Another leak suggested that Google’s Search Division might be manipulating website rankings contrary to its public statements. This has intensified accusations against Google amidst the largest antitrust lawsuit in the US this century, with SEO experts claiming deceptive practices regarding its algorithm.

    These revelations raise serious concerns about privacy and the ethical use of user data by major tech companies.

    Fake Tom Cruise Documentary Targets the Olympics

    In an unusual twist, Tom Cruise’s voice has been used in a faux documentary titled “Olympics Has Fallen,” promoted on Russian Telegram channels. The AI-generated audio mimics Cruise condemning the International Olympic Committee. Despite its absurdity, the video has potential to mislead viewers unfamiliar with the reasons behind the ban on Russian athletes competing under their national flag.

    Cyber Threats to Paris 2024 Olympics

    Mandiant, a US cybersecurity firm, warns that the Paris 2024 Olympics face significant cyber threats, particularly from Russian hackers. Previous incidents, such as the disruption of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games by the Sandworm group, highlight the potential for similar attacks. Despite these threats, Mandiant asserts that the security community is better prepared than ever, thanks to lessons learned from past events.

    Cyberbunker for Sale in Germany

    Lastly, a Cold War-era bunker in Traben-Trarbach, Germany, previously used by the cybercrime ring CyberBunker, is now for sale. The 5,500 square meter bunker was a dark web data center facilitating various cybercrimes. The state of Rhineland-Palatinate is looking for buyers, speculating potential new uses ranging from a shooting range to a wine and cheese cellar.

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