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  • US adds seven Chinese supercomputing organisations onto Entity List

    April 9, 2021

    In another move aimed at restricting the development of Chinese technology, the US Commerce Department has added seven Chinese supercomputing entities to its Entity List for allegedly supporting China’s military efforts. The newly added entities that are companies include the Shanghai High-Performance Integrated Circuit Design Center, Sunway Microelectronics, Tianjin Phytium Information Technology. The remaining organisations are ...

  • European Commission, other EU orgs recently hit by cyber-attack

    April 6, 2021

    The European Commission and several other European Union organizations were hit by a cyberattack in March, according to a European Commission spokesperson. As revealed by the spokesperson, the “IT security incident” impacted multiple EU institutions, bodies, or agencies’ IT infrastructure. “We are working closely with CERT-EU, the Computer Emergency Response Team for all EU institutions, bodies and ...

  • Exchange Server attacks: Run this Microsoft malware scanner now, CISA tells government agencies

    April 1, 2021

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has instructed US government agencies with on-premise Exchange systems to run Microsoft malware scanners and report results by April 5. CISA issued supplementary direction to its “ED 21-02” directive; the new request applies to any federal agency that had an Exchange server connected directly or indirectly to the internet ...

  • Australia cyber attacks hit television channel and parliament

    March 28, 2021

    A cyber attack has disrupted Channel Nine’s live broadcasts from Sydney, the TV company has confirmed, at the same time as an attack led to Parliament House’s email system being taken offline. As a result of the attack, the channel’s Sunday morning news programme, Weekend Today, was not aired, nor was its 5pm news show, although ...

  • China takes aim at ‘spying’ Tesla cars, bans military staff use

    March 22, 2021

    Elon Musk has said Tesla would be “shut down” if accusations that the firm’s cars could be used for spying purposes were true. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Chinese government has restricted the use of Tesla vehicles in military and key, state-owned company settings. Military and government staff are reportedly not permitted to ...

  • SolarWinds-linked hacking group SilverFish abuses enterprise victims for sandbox tests

    March 18, 2021

    Cyberattackers involved in worldwide hacking campaigns are using the compromised systems of high-profile victims as playgrounds to test out malicious tool detection rates. On Thursday, Swiss cybersecurity firm Prodaft said that SilverFish (.PDF), an “extremely skilled” threat group, has been responsible for intrusions at over 4,720 private and government organizations including “Fortune 500 companies, ministries, airlines, ...

  • Ryuk ransomware hits 700 Spanish government labor agency offices

    March 10, 2021

    The systems of SEPE, the Spanish government agency for labor, were taken down following a ransomware attack that hit more than 700 agency offices across Spain. “Currently, work is being done with the objective of restoring priority services as soon as possible, among which is the portal of the State Public Employment Service and then gradually ...

  • Russia: Majority of governmental agencies’ websites go live after failure

    March 10, 2021

    Websites of the majority of Russian government authorities have recovered after the failure occurred on Wednesday. Websites of the Kremlin, the government, Russian media watchdog, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Economic Development, Security Council and Russian Investigative Committee resumed operations. Furthermore, the State Duma and the Ministry of the Interior websites restarted operations earlier. It was ...

  • Hackers access surveillance cameras at Tesla, Cloudflare, banks, more

    March 9, 2021

    Hackers gained access to live surveillance cameras installed at Tesla, Equinox, healthcare clinics, jails, and banks, including the Bank of Utah. In addition to images captured from the cameras, the hacker also shared screenshots of their ability to gain root shell access to the surveillance systems used by Cloudflare and at Telsa HQ. Hacks multiple cameras in ...

  • GAO report finds DOD’s weapons programs lack clear cybersecurity guidelines

    March 4, 2021

    In a new report released Thursday, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) said the Department of Defense fails to communicate clear cybersecurity guidelines to contractors tasked with building systems for its weapons programs. As part of its so called congressional watchdog duties, the GAO found that Defense Department weapons programs are failing to consistently incorporate cybersecurity ...

  • GCHQ: Artificial intelligence is already a vital part of our missions

    February 25, 2021

    The UK’s top intelligence and security body, GCHQ, is betting big on artificial intelligence: the organization has revealed how it wants to use AI to boost national security. In a new paper titled “Pioneering a New National Security,” GCHQ’s analysts went to lengths to explain why AI holds the key to better protection of the nation. ...

  • Chinese hackers cloned attack tool belonging to NSA’s Equation Group

    February 22, 2021

    Chinese threat actors “cloned” and used a Windows zero-day exploit stolen from the NSA’s Equation Group for years before the privilege escalation flaw was patched, researchers say. On Monday, Check Point Research (CPR) said the tool was a “clone” of software developed by the US National Security Agency (NSA)’s Equation Group, identified by FireEye in 2015 ...

  • Gauging LoRaWAN Communication Security with LoraPWN

    February 19, 2021

    LoRaWAN technology allows organizations to deploy the internet of things solutions at a much lower cost than existing cellular infrastructure solutions. Because of this, enterprises and smart cities around the world have started using LoRaWAN in their operations. As mentioned in the first article of this series, LoRaWAN technology has been used in infrastructure management, ...

  • Singtel, QIMR Berghofer report Accellion-related data breaches

    February 11, 2021

    Singtel and the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute are the latest companies to disclose data breaches caused by a vulnerability in the Accellion FTA secure file transfer software. Accellion is a developer of secure file transfer products that allow organizations to transfer sensitive files with people outside of their organization. In mid-December, Accellion announced that they became ...

  • Minnesota: Netgain ransomware incident impacts local governments

    February 2, 2021

    The ransomware incident that Netgain, a provider of managed IT services, had late last year rippled onto its customers. Now, Ramsey County, Minnesota, is informing clients of the Family Health Division program that the hackers may have accessed personal data. The government of Ramsey County learned about the potential breach on December 2, 2020, when Netagin ...

  • UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) suffers ransomware attack

    January 30, 2021

    The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is dealing with a ransomware incident that encrypted data and impacted two of its services, one offering information to subscribers and the platform for peer review of various parts of the agency. UKRI is a public body of the Government of the United Kingdom, tasked with investing in science and ...

  • Russian government warns of US retaliatory cyberattacks

    January 23, 2021

    The Russian government has issued a security warning to organizations in Russia about possible retaliatory cyberattacks by the USA for the SolarWinds breach. Last month, the SolarWinds network management company disclosed that they suffered a sophisticated cyberattack that led to a supply chain attack affecting 18,000 customers. The US government believes that this attack was conducted by ...

  • Malware found on laptops given out by UK government

    January 23, 2021

    Some of the laptops given out in England to support vulnerable children home-schooling during lockdown contain malware, BBC News has learned. Teachers shared details on an online forum about suspicious files found on devices sent to a Bradford school. The malware, which they said appeared to be contacting Russian servers, is believed to have been found on ...

  • CISA Issues Supply Chain Compromise Alert, Forms Coordination Group with Other Government Agencies

    January 21, 2021

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently issued an alert regarding an advanced persistent threat (APT) compromising government agencies, critical infrastructures, and private sector organizations. According to CISA, the APT actor is accountable for the compromise of the SolarWinds Orion supply chain. The actor is also responsible for the abuse of commonly used authentication mechanisms. ...

  • UK government urged to undertake digital overhaul

    January 21, 2021

    If the UK is to become a world leader in digital technologies, while at the same time becoming more sustainable, it’s in need of a significant digital overhaul. This is the conclusion of a new report recently released by Public Policy Projects (PPP), Anderson Strategy and Huawei. The “Connected Citizen” report argues, first and foremost, that ...