Cybersecurity

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