Cybersecurity Weekly: Equifax default password discovered, NordVPN breach, Army retires floppy disks

A default admin password was used to “secure” sensitive data at Equifax. NordVPN suffered a data breach, exposing private encryption keys of some of its users. The U.S. Army moves on from an 8-inch floppy disk computing system. All this, and more, in this week’s edition of Cybersecurity Weekly

1. Equifax used default admin password to secure hacked portal

According to a class-action lawsuit, Equifax staffers used the default “admin” username and password to secure a portal containing sensitive customer information. This comes in the wake of the 2017 data breach that leaked information on 148 million accounts of people in the U.S., Canada and UK.
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2. NordVPN breach FAQ — What happened and what’s at stake?

NordVPN, one of the most popular and widely used personal VPN services, disclosed details of a security incident that compromised one of its thousands of servers based in Finland. A security researcher alleged that unknown attackers stole private encryption keys through the compromised server.
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3. U.S. Army stopped using floppy disks as storage for command system

The U.S. Army announced that it replaced the 8-inch floppy disks in a computer to receive nuclear launch orders from the President with a “highly-secure solid state digital storage solution”. The system has been operating since 1968 running on an IBM Series/1 mainframe, using 8-inch floppy disks as storage support.
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