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September 15, 2023

MGM under Cyber-Attack, Google My Business Phishing Scam, and More

This Week In Tech, we talk about MGM Resorts Cyber-Attack, Google My Business Email Scam and Manufacturing in Space.
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MGM Resorts under Cyber-Attack

Doors, ATMs, Slot Machines, Guest Services and More Are All Down

MGM is facing a cybersecurity issue that has affected various aspects of its operations, causing several of it’s system to go offline. For the third day in a row corporate email, restaurant reservation systems, hotel booking systems, and even digital room keys remain offline. How did this happen? A bad actor called in to MGM posing as an employee and used their credentials to upload ransomware. In the past, MGM had experienced another cybersecurity incident in 2020, where personal information of over 10 million customers was compromised in a hack. The stolen data was later found on a hacking forum. This previous incident has raised concerns among customers about the security of their personal data once again.

Read More: CNBC

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EMAIL SCAM REQUESTING OWNERSHIP OF A GOOGLE BUSINESS PROFILE

How to safeguard your Google Business Profile

Scammers send a request email to the current owner, hoping that the owner might not pay close attention to the email or may mistakenly approve the request. It’s crucial for business owners to exercise caution and follow best practices to protect their online presence. Here are some additional tips to safeguard your Google Business Profile:
Always verify the authenticity of emails claiming to be from Google or any other platform. Look for signs of phishing, such as unfamiliar sender addresses, grammatical errors, or suspicious links. Google typically sends emails from addresses ending in “@google.com.”
Access your business profile through the official Google My Business dashboard (https://business.google.com). Avoid clicking on links or responding to emails that seem suspicious.

Read More: KLFY

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MANUFACTURING IN SPACE: ARE YOU READY?

Millions invested by startups to produce pharmaceuticals in space

Space offers a special environment for research and development due to its increased radiation levels, microgravity, and almost vacuumless state. This enables businesses to create new manufacturing processes or materials that are not feasible on Earth. Protein crystallization is a critical step in structural biology, as it allows scientists to determine the three-dimensional structure of proteins. By growing high-quality protein crystals in space and then returning them to Earth for further processing, scientists can potentially produce more effective and stable drug formulations. This approach could lead to the development of drugs with enhanced therapeutic properties and reduced storage and transportation challenges.

Read More: CNBC