Archive for April 5, 2021

Home Hardware Pwned By Ransomware

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 5, 2021 by itnerd

Home Hardware, one of the Canada’s biggest privately held dealer-owned hardware retailers, has acknowledged it was hit by a ransomware attack.   

With continued restrictions around in-store shopping, many retailers across Canada made the necessary shifts to take their operations online without considering the potential impact threat actors could have on retail systems and consumer transactions.

David Masson, Director of Enterprise Security for Darktrace had this to say:

The attack against Home Hardware this weekend is the latest two-pronged ransomware attack that has come to light in Canada. Beginning in late 2019, ransomware attackers began stealing data and threatening to expose it on the web. This instance of data theft shows that the attackers had been on the network – undetected – for some time, able to move laterally and search for sensitive data. With current pandemic restrictions, Canadian retailers continue to scale online. This attack demonstrates how even well-resourced organizations can no longer rely on perimeter-based tools to prevent threats. Many Canadian organizations need to lean on self-learning AI to be able to detect even the most subtle indicators of threat and adapt to changing environments.

While Home Hardware has reportedly been able to maintain full business continuity, other Canadian retailers should see this as a warning of the potential risks that can occur. Hackers have the means to disrupt online operations, no matter the size of the company.  

LG’s Smartphone Business Bites The Dust

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 5, 2021 by itnerd

LG Electronics today announced its intention to shut down its smartphone division. For its devices still in the hands of customers around the world, LG says it will continue to provide user support and will sell its phones until the current stock runs out. This comes after not really being able to make a dent against competitors like Samsung, OnePlus and Apple. And it’s been rumored for a while that LG’s smartphone business was on the chopping block, so this isn’t a surprise.

LG says it expects its mobile division to completely cease by July 31. RIP.

Was Your Personal Data Leaked From Facebook? Here’s How To Find Out So That You Can Decide Whether Or Not To #DeleteFacebook

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 5, 2021 by itnerd

Yesterday, I posted a story that detailed the leaking of information related to over 500 million Facebook users. That should alarm you as that’s not trivial and you need to take immediate action to protect yourself. And the first step in taking action is to find out if you are affected by this. Here’s how you do that:

  • Head to haveibeenpwned.com on your phone or desktop.
  • Enter your email ID.
  • If your email was compromised, you’ll get a warning to change the password and enable two-factor authentication. You can also scroll down on the page to see all the breaches that may have included your credentials tied to the email address you entered.

If you are a Facebook user, you should do that ASAP as it is a safe bet that criminals have already started to use this leaked information to target people for scams and the like. It’s also one more reminder that you should strongly consider dumping Facebook as clearly security of your information is not top of mind with them.