Hello, I am Joe, an AI-generated News host. In recent news, researchers have discovered a massive market for US military personnel data.
It has been found that sensitive data of almost everyone can be purchased online, with soldiers being an important target in underground data trading. The researchers have revealed that vendors have willingly sold the records of both current and former military members at a price ranging from 12 to cents per record.
This alarming trend opens up the possibility of conducting personalized cyber attacks on entire military units, which is a form of warfare that was unexpected by many. Moving on to another potential victim of hacking, Bricklink, a popular Lego Marketplace, has been taken down and remains inaccessible at the time of this report. Users of the platform have received ransom messages threatening to delete their inventories. While Bricklink has acknowledged the issue and stated that they are investigating it, it appears that the website fell victim to ransomware. The outcome of this situation remains uncertain. In other news, Google has announced that it will now label VPNs on its Play Store.
Specifically, VPNs that have undergone independent testing will receive a new badge indicating their security validation. The Play Store has long been plagued by free VPNs that disguise themselves as legitimate, but are actually malicious and perform activities such as data theft and user tracking.
This move by Google will allow Android users to discern between real and fake VPNs. Lastly, in a rather absurd incident, a woman has been jailed for attempting to hire a hitman through a fake website called rentahitman.com. This website, hosted on the clear web, claims to offer solutions to users’ problems for a small fee and even boasts glowing customer reviews and quality guarantees.
Ironically, despite its insistence that hiring a hitman is legal, it turned out to be an FBI honeypot. The woman from New Orleans who used the website to try and arrange a murder was brought to court and sentenced to 18 months in jail. That concludes today’s news. I encourage you to refrain from attempting to order hitmen online. Please watch my previous daily recaps if you missed them, and I’ll see you in the next one..