US Nuclear Plant Computer System Hacked

At least one US nuclear power plant suffered a breach, reports ABC news. According to E&E News, no evidence suggested that the hack obtained sensitive information.  Federal authorities SAY the breach only compromised less sensitive business data. Public authorities have not announced any information on who may be responsible. Agencies are looking into the possibility that another country may have been involved in the attack. It was not officially stated if the incident was related to any other reported cyber-attacks. Source: ABC News

Ukraine States Cyber-Attack Under Control

The highly infectious malware that hit computers around the world last Tuesday may have originated in Ukraine’s computer networks. The attack which impaired multiple branches of the government and significant targets in the private sector, happened on the eve of Constitution Day, a holiday. Chief executive of Infosafe IT in Kiev, Vicyor Zhora said that the virus has begun to spread around Europe, and that it is possible that effects and repercussions could reach a global scale. Among the affected in Ukraine include government offices, energy companies, post office, banks, cash, machines, supermarkets, and even the country’s largest airport. The […]

Kremlin Calls for Global Action Against Cybercrime

Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov said on Wednesday that the recent cyber-attacks, such as the one that targeted Russia this Tuesday highlighted the need for rigorous international action in the fight against cyber-crime. Peskov added that the attack last Tuesday did not cause any serious problems at a state or corporate level but Kremlin had no data on the cyber-attack’s origin. Source: Reuters

US, Israel Team Up Against Cybersecurity Threat

Thomas Bossert, assistant to US President Donald Trump for Homeland Security and Counter-terrorism announced a bilateral cyber working group between US and Israel at the Cyber Week 2017 conference held in Tel Aviv. The group will be led by US White House cybersecurity coordinator Rob Joyce and Eviatar Matania, Israel’s director general of the National Cyber Directorate, with the aim to protect critical infrastructure against attacks while tracking down perpetrators. Bossert mentioned that the cybersphere has been one of the biggest strategic challenges after 9/11 since cyberspace knows no boundaries, and that there needs to be an international consensus regarding […]

Cisco, Apple to Widen Partnership to Improve Security

Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins’ keynote address in July 26 discussed the two companies’ plans to expand their partnership, specifically in the field of security to help reduce the rising cost of cyber-security insurance premiums. The IT giant also announced the Cisco Security Connector program for iOS devices which will allow enterprises a better view of corporate-owned iPhones and iPads to enhance protection against cyber-attacks while ensuring the devices meet compliance requirements. Source: EWeek

China Reveals Response Plan to National Cyber Threat

The Cyberspace Administration of China has created a nationwide response plan against internal and external cyber-attacks. The plan includes provincial network upgrades and the creation of expert response teams for its centralized reporting system. It will have a four-tier color-coded warning that categorizes cyber-attacks according to severity: red, orange, yellow, or blue, with red as the highest level of alert. Any government department that fails to carry out the plan will also be criminally charged. The plan intends to protect Chinese cyberspace from sophisticated global threats. The country has seen a spike of cyber-attacks up to 950 percent between 2014 […]

Ransomware Attack Causes Global Disruption

Companies around the globe report that they have been hit by a cyber-attack that freezes the computer until a ransom in Bitcoin is paid. British ad agency WPP, Ukrainian state power company, and Kiev’s main airport were some of the more prominent targets. The Chernobyl nuclear power plant also had their Windows-based sensors incapacitated. Ransomware works by encrypting files in a network, making them inaccessible, then soliciting payment to decrypt infected computers. Russian Kaspersky Lab reports that they believe this is a new version of a malware that they have not seen before, dubbing the attack “NotPetya”, in reference to […]

MPs Unable to Access Emails After Cyber-attack on Parliament

Parliament members were unable to access their emails after a “sustained and determined” cyber-attack by hackers attempting to access MP and their staffers email accounts. The hackers were attempting to gain access through accounts with weak passwords. “Earlier this morning, we discovered unusual activity and evidence of an attempted cyber-attack on our computer network.” said an email sent to affected personnel. A statement from the House of Commons said they are investigating the incident with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) as they take further measures to secure the computer network. Source: The Guardian

Pro-ISIS Propaganda Attacks Ohio Gov’t Websites

Last Sunday, a number of Ohio government websites were hacked by Islamic State (IS) supporters. Affected websites were replaced with messages saying “Hacked By Team System DZ.” “Anti: Govt all word. You will be held accountable Trump, you and all your people for every drop of blood flowing in Muslim countries.”  Towards the end, the page reads “I Love Islamic state.” President and Founder of Accellis Technology Group in Cleveland, says “It’s really more of something called “hacktivism” where they’re just looking to promote their own cause, create some measure of fear.” Source: WKYC

Western Tech Firms Complies to Russia to Show Cyber Secrets

Technology companies including CISCO,IBM, and SAP are agreeing to comply to Moscow’s demands to access to security secrets. Russian authorities are requiring access to source codes for firewalls, anti-virus applications, and encrypted software before allowing the products to enter the country. This concerns U.S officials and security experts as these inspections expose potential vulnerabilities in the product’s source code. Many U.S firms are pressured to comply to be able to penetrate the lucrative Russian market. Source: Reuters India