Phantom Founders and Facebook Fumbles: The Dark Side of Business Incognito

Struggling with a hacked Facebook? You’re not alone. State attorneys demand Meta steps up after a 10x spike in account theft complaints. Sadly, Meta’s customer service might be as MIA as those fake personas at Registered Agents Inc. And brace yourself, Microsoft’s battling Russian hackers again. #CybersecurityChaos

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Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive – or in the case of Registered Agents Inc., maybe just weave a corporation or two thousand with folks who have a penchant for nonexistence. Meanwhile, state AGs are tired of playing customer support for Meta’s hacked account fiasco. Meta’s own two-factor authentication is playing hide and seek with security, and Change Healthcare’s wallet seems $22 million lighter after a cyber shakedown. As for Microsoft, it’s playing a never-ending game of whack-a-mole with Russian hackers. But hey, at least we now know stealing trade secrets is still en vogue, and if you’re communicating through social networks, say cheese to the IP paparazzi!

Key Points:

  • Registered Agents Inc. has been allegedly playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey with incorporation papers, except the donkey might just be a figment of imagination.
  • Meta faces the wrath of state attorneys general as hacked accounts spike, and their response efforts are apparently as effective as a chocolate teapot.
  • Ransomware goes pill-popping, hitting Change Healthcare with a costly cyberattack, and the prescription might just be a $22 million Bitcoin pill.
  • Microsoft’s internal email is the gift that keeps on giving for Nobelium hackers, proving that sometimes the mailbox is more interesting than the house.
  • A former Google engineer allegedly decides that “sharing is caring” doesn’t apply to trade secrets, especially when it involves AI and a side hustle in China.

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Ghostly Corporations and Meta's Misery

Ever heard of ghost writers? Well, Registered Agents Inc. might just be pioneering ghost incorporations. They've been setting up businesses with a cast of characters that could star in a seance. On the other side of the digital pond, Meta's platforms are turning into a playground for hackers, and the company's laissez-faire approach to account recovery is forcing state AGs to pick up the slack. If that wasn't enough, Meta's two-factor authentication has decided to trust your devices like a golden retriever trusts every human – which might not be the smartest move in cybersecurity.

The Ransomware Ripple Effect

In a plot twist that surprises exactly no one, ransomware has once again proven to be a lucrative business, with Change Healthcare reportedly coughing up 22 million big ones. Pharmacies across the US are feeling a bit queasy as prescription deliveries get disrupted. Who knew that health could be held for ransom by the digital equivalent of the common cold?

Microsoft's Midnight Blizzard

Meanwhile, Microsoft's woes are like a Netflix series with too many seasons – it just keeps going. The Russian hackers known as Nobelium, sporting a new moniker "Midnight Blizzard," are still rummaging through Microsoft's digital drawers. They've moved on from emails to possibly more sensitive internal systems. Microsoft assures us that customer-facing systems are safe, but at this point, who's really surprised that the saga continues?

Trade Secrets Take a Trip

As if we needed more drama, a former Google engineer is now the protagonist in a tale of trade secret theft, with a side of artificial intelligence and a dash of international intrigue. Apparently, the engineer thought Google's secrets would look better in Chinese companies' hands. The FBI has entered the chat, and the engineer might just swap his code for a cell if convicted.

IP Address Hide and Seek

Last but not least, if you thought social networks were just for cat videos and arguing with strangers, think again. Now they're also handing out your IP address like a party favor to anyone you call. But don't worry too much – if you don't want the whole world to know your approximate location, there's a setting for that. Because of course, the default setting is "Broadcast my data," not "Keep it secret, keep it safe."

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Tags: CISA breach, fake personas, IP address exposure, Meta outages, Nobelium hacking, Ransomware Attacks, trade secret theft