Cybersecurity Alerts: Weekly Update for December 18th

Cybersecurity Alerts: Weekly Update for December 18th

Cybersecurity Alerts: Weekly Update for December 18th

Get an update on this week’s cybersecurity threats.

Juniper Networks

On December 17th, Juniper Networks released an emergency patch after discovering a backdoor that decrypts VPN Traffic. Juniper is describing the threat as “unauthorized code” that could potentially enable attackers to decrypt VPN traffic from NetScreen devices.


This week, Twitter informed users that a small group of the social network’s users had been targeted for state sponsored hacks. Many of the users targeted had ties to security and privacy causes. Twitter believes that the hackers were aiming to steal personal information, including email addresses, phone numbers, and IP addresses associated with the targeted Twitter accounts. Twitter is currently investigating the issue, and has not yet disclosed whether the company itself was compromised by the hackers.


A security researcher recently discovered that 13 million records of MacKeeper user data had been exposed and accessible through a database. Kromtech, the parent company that owns MacKeeper, later confirmed that only the individual researcher had accessed the records. The error was amended by Kromtech shortly after it was discovered.