Pantropic Newsletter #26

Posted December 28, 2023

by Sarah


Pantropic Newsletter #26 (November 2023)

Loyalty marketing agency gets S$10,000 fine over data leak of Starbucks Singapore customers


Singapore’s privacy watchdog fined the developer behind Starbucks’ e-commerce platform S$10,000 following a data breach impacting over 300,000 rewards members. The breach occurred after a former staffer’s account was not disabled, granting unauthorized access. Starbucks Singapore itself avoided penalties by bolstering security, although the developer’s remedial actions, including on multi-factor authentication, came late. A sobering reminder Overall of the need for vigilance when handling such personal data.

(Source: Today Online)


In a first, cryptographic keys protecting SSH connections stolen in new attack


Researchers stumbled upon computational glitches in a small portion of SSH traffic that fully exposed private encryption keys, enabling remote server impersonation. Despite existing defenses, several vendors’ implementations remained vulnerable over years, challenging assumptions of protocol security and laying bare the fragility of encryption to simple data corruption.

(Source: ArsTechnica)


Personal data of 665,000 Marina Bay Sands shoppers accessed by ‘unknown third party’ in October


An unknown third party accessed the personal data of approximately 665,000 Marina Bay Sands shoppers in October, affecting the venue’s lifestyle rewards program but likely sparing its casino database. Marina Bay Sands responded promptly upon discovering the breach on October 20th, working with authorities and investigating further.

(Source: Today Online)


Google Drive users angry over losing months of stored data


Google Drive users recently reported a mass file disappearance, with storage reverting months. Google confirmed its awareness and ongoing investigation by engineers, but the cause and solution remain unclear for now. Users are advised to avoid further changes and contact support pending an update.

(Source: Bleeping Computer)


SCAM OF THE WEEK: Job Offer or Digital Danger?


Recently, cybercriminal groups in Vietnam have been targeting individuals by sharing fake job postings. According to WithSecure experts, these groups are primarily targeting the digital marketing sector and Facebook business accounts. These fake job postings are used to spread known malware such as DarkGate and Ducktail.

In this scam, cybercriminals use LinkedIn messenger to send you a link to a fake job description. If you click on the link, you’ll be sent to an unsafe website that will lead you to malware-infected Google Drive files. If you download these files, the cybercriminals can gain access to your internet browser’s cookies and session data. This information helps them steal your login credentials and other sensitive information.

Follow the tips below to stay safe from similar scams:

  • Be suspicious of unexpected LinkedIn messages, especially those with job offers from unfamiliar sources.
  • Confirm that the person you’re speaking to is actually who they say they are. Look up the organization on official websites to verify job offers.
  • Be cautious of offers that seem too good to be true. Cybercriminals will use unrealistic job offers to lure you into fake websites to access your sensitive information.

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