20 September 2019

IRM Weekly Cybersecurity Roundup: 24.3M Lumin PDF users leaked more

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Hacking forum gains 24.3 million Lumin PDF users data

Details of over 24.3 million Lumin PDF users have been shared on a hacking forum.

Lumin PDF is a cloud-based service that allows users to view, edit and share PDF files. It is accessed via web-based dashboards, browser extensions or through a Google Play app.

The leak happened after Lumin administrators failed to answer a user’s query multiple times over a string of months.

The user managed to hack into Lumin PDF through an exposed database that was not password protected. Data included full names, email addresses, gender, language, local settings and hashed passwords.

The forums gained 2.25 GB of Zip files and 4GB of CSV files containing the Lumin PDF users’ records that were available to download. You can read more here.

Global cybersecurity forum suspends Huawei

Huawei’s membership has been suspended from the Forum of Incident Response and Security Team.

The forum, known as “FIRST”, is an informal first response to major hacks and cybersecurity incidents. Members are able to share information and intelligence regarding vulnerabilities and hacks in order to isolate cyber-attacks quickly and publicise information to generate awareness.

The suspension means Huawei is unable to join discussions among the group members over any issues such as software glitches. This could harm Huawei’s ability to patch holes in company systems.

The suspension was advised by the Forum’s legal team. They said some information shared on the Forum could potentially fall foul of the US trade ban. You can read more here.

MPs warn there’s “not enough robots” in UK

MPs have warned that the UK is falling behind other G7 economies who are advanced in robotics and automation in the workplace.

Britain faces a great danger from not adopting new technologies that could potentially create new jobs and offer shorter work hours, MPs say.

According to a report, the UK had ten robots for every million hours worked, whereas the US had 131, Germany 133 and Japan 167. UK have only just hit the average of 85 robots per 10,000 workers.

The report adds that governments haven’t done enough to encourage investment and research into automation.

It also mentions it’ll be difficult for the UK’s universities to co-operate with European universities in developing technology after Brexit. You can read more here.

Quick-fire updates

Air Force allow hackers to hijack orbiting satellite: During DEF CON 2020, the Air Force will allow hackers to infiltrate an orbiting satellite, after this year’s F-15 fighter jet was a huge hit. You can read more here.

Gaming cheat-hackers becoming a major problem: Hackers who use cheats in games are becoming a serious issue in the gaming community. Other gamers believe it’s ruining the gaming world for everyone. You can more here.

Gatwick airport confirms Facial Recognition at boarding: Gatwick airport will become the first UK airport to use facial recognition cameras to check passenger ID before boarding a plane. You can more here.

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