Linux Mint led the week as the top trending cybercrime target due to the hack of its website and a malicious version being distributed. Child monitoring company uKnowKids may have exposed children's information. Several hospital breaches compromised employee information. Android saw another week with malware-related advisories, including the leak of the GM Bot source code. New reports say eCommerce fraud is on the rise and that more than 700 million records were compromised in 2015. The FTC reached settlements with several companies and individuals. Scottrade is facing a class action lawsuit over its breach. The Lyft-Uber legal battle continues with Lyft now accusing Uber of a "witch hunt" to access trade secrets. Finally, one Anonymous hacker's trip to Cuba found him stranded, rescued and then arrested.
Healthcare attacks took center stage this week as one Hospital was disrupted by ransomware and another reported a data breach. Anonymous leaked information on targets in Tanzania and Turkey. The Netflix brand is being used to spread malware and perform phishing campaigns. There were several Android-related advisories along with FBI warnings and a new scam leveraging "Kohl's cash." The debate over encryption rages on as Apple opposes a court order to unlock a phone tied to the San Bernardino attacks that left 14 dead. Superfish was back in the news with a settlement tied to its adware. Several businesses are facing lawsuits related to the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act. Another business is suing its insurer after that insurer refused to cover a business email compromise scam. Plus, a security flaw not only makes a smart home alarm system easy to hack, but the flaw is unable to be patched.
The U.S. government saw several breaches this week with leaks of Department of Homeland Security and FBI employees' information as well as cybercriminals stealing around 100,000 E-file PINs from the IRS. On the advisory front there were warnings of evolving exploit kits, new malware, and new ATM skimming techniques. President Obama announced a Cybersecurity National Action Plan. Breach-related lawsuits are happening quickly as both Wendy's and the University of Central Florida saw potential class action lawsuits filed over their respective breaches. And the FTC and FCC issued some warnings and clarifications on recent developments. Plus, there are Valentine's Day gifts to help spread the cybersecurity love.
Among this week's top cybercrime targets were British bank HSBC, which faced a distributed denial-of-service attack that led to outages, and Landry's and Golden Nugget Casinos, which saw point-of-sale breaches affecting a variety of locations. Other events this week include Neiman Marcus users having their accounts accessed, TaxSlayer customers having personal information stolen, and warnings for LG, eBay and Facebook users. This week also saw the Office for Civil Rights seeking civil money penalties over a HIPAA violation for only the second time in history as well as penalties from the SEC and a class action lawsuit related to a data breach at Web.com.