Cybersecurity

Ukraine Blames Cyber Attack on Russian Security Services

Last Saturday, Ukraine implicated the Russian Security Services in the recent spate of global cyber attacks. However, the ransomware involved in the attack, NotPetya, that crippled services from the government and public sector, also hit major Russian firms. The Sluzhba Bezpeky Ukrayiny (SBU), Ukraine’s Security Service revealed that the widespread attack on the country’s Constitution Day was done by the same hackers who in 2016 disrupted the Ukrainian Power Grid. A spokesperson from Kremlin debunked the claim saying the accusations were unfounded. Source: Reuters

Spyware Targeting Mexican Opposition Party Members Spark Outrage

The Mexican government came under fire after an investigation revealed their use of a spy software against opposing political parties, journalists, and activists. Pegasus, a spyware developed by Israeli firm NSO Group, has been sold exclusively to governments with the aim of targeting criminals and terrorists. However, an inquiry led by the University of Toronto reported that the software was used on soda tax advocates, journalists examining the president, and anti-corruption activists in Mexico. Citizen Lab analysts reported that the messages that carried the spyware were sent at a time when political subjects were highlighted; during the key state election […]

Cybersecurity Training for IT Teachers in Visayas

In support of the country’s efforts for cyber-readiness, 60 Information Technology (IT) instructors from Visayas have just completed training on cyber-security awareness. The program that started last Friday included in the two-day training was a Certified Secure Computer User certification exam. Executive director of Iloilo Federation for Information Technology, Joeven Tansi stated the educators were given training on properly securing computer systems before and in the event of a cyber attack. Information and Communications Technology councils are also exploring ways to educate and promote awareness on cyber security to K-12 professors and the media. Source: Rappler

Ukraine Sends Call to Arms to FBI, UK’s NCA, Europol

A new version of ransomware dubbed as “NotPetya” that has hit Ukraine during their Constitution Day led the country to seek help from the FBI, Europol, and the National Crime Agency of England in tracking the culprits behind the cyberattack. Ukraine’s Security Service, Sluzhba Bezpeky Ukrayiny (SBU), raised a call for international organizations to come together to hunt the offenders. In a statement, SBU reported that other cyber security institutions will join the investigation. The attack in Ukraine spread mainly through a corrupted software update from a tax accounting software in the country called M.E.Doc. However, an investigation conducted by F-secure stated […]

Fears on NSA’s hold on Cyberweapons Mount with Recent Hacks

Stolen cyber weapons from the National Security Agency have been used twice in the past month against two of the United States’ allies; Britain and Ukraine. The US government said through the Department of Homeland Security that they found evidence of North Korea over WannaCry ransonmware attack. Speculations of the involvement of Russian hackers in the attack in Ukraine on Tuesday began to mount, and in both cases, the tools that the NSA had used to exploit Microsoft’s vulnerabilities were used.  These tools were stolen by the Shadow Brokers group who made them public in April. Source: NY Times

NATO may Invoke Collective Defense Clause over Cyber-Attack

According to the Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty; an attack on one member is considered an attack on all NATO members, even within the bounds of cyber warfare. In response to the recent cyber assaults, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg revealed that aside from land, sea, and air, NATO is establishing cyberspace as a military domain. NATO’s 29 allies are currently working to improve its member nation’s cyber defenses. NATO says that these cyber-attacks are now employing advanced psychological warfare, information operations, coercion, and intimidation, and has become a big threat to the future of democracy, as well as […]

Cyber-attack Blamed on Accounting Software

Ukrainian accounting software, MEDoc, is suspected as the source of the infection that caused the recent wave of cyber-attacks that disrupted the operations of companies around the globe, including government agencies, banks , and law firms. Security experts say that they have logs that point to MEDoc. According to UK malware expert Marcus Hutchins, the software’s automatic update system had been compromised and ran the the virus instead of the updates. Microsoft also blamed the tax software in their blogpost.  MEDoc denied these allegations in a Facebook post Source: BBC

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 […]