Starting at the end of July, Microsoft has begun detecting HOSTS files that block Windows 10 telemetry servers as a ‘Severe’ security risk.

The HOSTS file is a text file located at C:Windowssystem32driveretcHOSTS and can only be edited by a program with Administrator privileges.

This file is used to resolve hostnames to IP addresses without using the Domain Name System (DNS).

This file is commonly used to block a computer from accessing a remote site by assigning host to the 127.0.0.1 or 0.0.0.0 IP address.

For example, if you add the following line to the Windows HOSTS file, it will

Havenly, a US-based interior design web site, has disclosed a data breach after a hacker posted a database containing 1.3 million user records for free on a hacker forum.

Havenly is an online interior design and home decoration site where users can get help designing a room in their house from certified designers.

Last week, BleepingComputer reported that the ShinyHunters hacking group had leaked the databases for 18 companies on a hacker forum for free. These databases contained a combined total of 386 million user records.

One of the leaked databases contained 1.3 million user records for Havenly.com. 

Havenly database leaked on a hacker forum
Havenly database

BleepingComputer can confirm that Garmin has received the decryption key to recover their files encrypted in the WastedLocker Ransomware attack.

On July 23rd, 2020, Garmin suffered a worldwide outage where customers could not access their connected services, including the Garmin Connect, flyGarmin, Strava, inReach solutions.

BleepingComputer was the first to confirm that they suffered a cyberattack by the WastedLocker Ransomware operators after employees shared photos of encrypted workstations, and we found a sample of the ransomware utilized in the attack.

Photo of encrypted Garmin workstation
Photo of encrypted Garmin workstation

Employees later shared with BleepingComputer that the ransom demand was $10 million.

After a four