The Growing Threat of Cyber Attacks | UMBC Industry News

UMBC’s Cyber Security graduate programs prepare students to meet the high demand needs for online security.

This demand continues to grow and has ever since the rise of the internet. This is especially due to the rise of cyber-attacks and data breaches targeting anyone from the average internet user to powerful corporations. In today’s Industry News, we take a look at how organizations deal with cyber threats.

Ransomware Attacks Dole

Recently, there was a cyber-attack on the company Dole by Ransomware. This attack was confirmed by William Godfield, Dole’s spokesperson. Furthermore, this incident has caused Dole to temporarily cease production, causing many grocery stores to have a shortage of Dole salad kits. 

Click here to read more about this cyber-attack.

Chase Bank Employee Targeted in Cyber-scam

Cyber scams are becoming more sophisticated as a Chase bank employee fell for cybercriminals tactics by calling him with an 800 phone number, similar to the Chase customer service one. Then the scammer asked him to log into the link that was sent to his email in order to move his money to a Chase supervisor in order to keep it safe. The link sent him to a site identical to the one for Chase. Nowadays, cyber-attacks are more sophisticated than suspicious links in a random email.

Click here to read more about this cyber scam.  

Activision Data Breach

Video game company Activision has experienced a data breach through a “SMS-based phishing campaign.” This cyber-attack was primarily focused on employees and because no one had reported the scam to the company’s security department, the scams were able to continue until they succeeded. According to Activision’s parent company, “no sensitive data was exposed.” The cyber criminals were able to access the schedule of content that will be released later this year. 

Click here to read more about this data breach.

EU Commission Bans TikTok for Employees

The European Union Commission has banned all staff from having TikTok on work and personal phones. Staff have until the 15th of march to delete the app. The EU Commission claims that it is a matter of cybersecurity and being able to keep your data and identity safe as TikTok leaves you vulnerable to cyber-attacks. The parent company of TikTok, ByteDance, has claimed that they have explained to the Commission how they keep users’ personal data safe and that they are currently working to expand its protection for its users. 

Click here to read more about this TikTok ban. 

UMBC has a variety of cybersecurity programs that can teach you how to protect online data. Click here to learn more about our cybersecurity programs. 

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