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  • UK: TikTok to be blocked from parliamentary devices and network over cyber security fears

    March 23, 2023

    The commissions of the House of Commons and House of Lords have announced they will follow the move taken by the government on official devices, citing the need for cyber security. A parliament spokesman said that TikTok “will be blocked from all parliamentary devices and the wider parliamentary network”. Read more… Source: Sky News  

  • UK Government sets out strategy to protect NHS from cyber attacks

    March 22, 2023

    The government will provide a plan to promote cyber resilience across the health and care sectors by 2030, protecting both services and patients. New strategy sets out 5 key ways to build cyber resilience in health and care by 2030 Cyber strategy will protect health and adult social care functions and services, which the whole nation depends ...

  • KillNet and affiliate hacktivist groups targeting healthcare with DDoS attacks

    March 17, 2023

    In the last year, geopolitical tension has led to an uptick of reported cybercrime events fueled by hacktivist groups. The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published an advisory to warn organizations about these attacks and teamed with the FBI on a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) response strategy guide. KillNet, a group that the US ...

  • Threat Actors Exploited Progress Telerik Vulnerability in U.S. Government IIS Server

    March 15, 2023

    Today, the CISA, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC) released a joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA), Threat Actors Exploit Progress Telerik Vulnerability in U.S. Government IIS Server. This joint CSA provides IT infrastructure defenders with tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs), indicators of compromise (IOCs), and methods to detect and protect ...

  • Cyprus: Land registry website problems due to ‘cyber attack’

    March 12, 2023

    After a “thorough evaluation of all data”, the land registry department on Sunday said the technical problem that saw it go offline since Wednesday was due to a “cyber attack” The department said that due to the nature of the problem and the size of the systems, they will be gradually restored, starting with the restoration ...

  • Significant hack potentially exposes US lawmakers’ personal data

    March 9, 2023

    A serious breach at a healthcare administrator serving the U.S. House of Representatives has potentially exposed the personal data of hundreds of lawmakers and their staff, top representatives and a senior Congressional official said in letters circulated on Wednesday. One of the letters, which the House’s Chief Administrative Officer Catherine Szpindor (CAO) sent to members of ...

  • Top cyber official steps down as Biden admin charts new strategy

    February 17, 2023

    John C. Inglis left his post as the first national cyber director this week while the Biden administration plans a new cyber strategy. Mr. Inglis formally exited before the administration details its long-anticipated national cybersecurity strategy that his team has played a lead role in developing. Read more… Source: The Washington Times   

  • UK government “left council to deal with ransomware attack” that cost £11m

    February 9, 2023

    The government left Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council to fight a massive ransomware attack alone for a week, with minimal support or correspondence, the council’s leader has said. Mary Lanigan told MPs yesterday that while police and cybercrime officers were on site within two days, help from Westminster was lacking. Recovering from the incident cost ...

  • SNP MP Stewart McDonald’s emails hacked by Russian group

    February 8, 2023

    An MP has told the BBC his emails have been stolen and he fears they will be made public. The SNP’s Stewart McDonald said the hack took place in January and he wanted to pre-empt any publication sharing them. Read more… Source: BBC News  

  • Italy warns hackers targeting known server vulnerability

    February 6, 2023

    Thousands of computer servers have been targeted by a global ransomware hacking attack targeting VMware ESXi servers, Italy’s National Cybersecurity Agency (ACN) said on Sunday, warning organisations to take action to protect their systems. The hacking attack sought to exploit a software vulnerability, ACN director general Roberto Baldoni told Reuters, adding it was on a massive ...

  • UK: Army spied on lockdown critics

    January 29, 2023

    A shadowy Army unit secretly spied on British citizens who criticised the Government’s Covid lockdown policies, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Military operatives in the UK’s ‘information warfare’ brigade were part of a sinister operation that targeted politicians and high-profile journalists who raised doubts about the official pandemic response. Read more… Source: Daily Mail  

  • Iranian and Russian hackers targeting politicians and journalists, warn UK officials

    January 26, 2023

    Iranian and Russian hackers are targeting British politicians and journalists with espionage attacks, officials have warned. The National Cyber Security Centre has issued a fresh alert about increasing attempts to steal information from specific groups and individuals. Read more… Source: BBC News  

  • US authorities release asylum seekers after leaking their data online

    January 23, 2023

    Nearly 3,000 immigrants seeking asylum in the United States have been released from custody after Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials inadvertently published their personal information online. Records including names, birth dates, nationalities and detention locations of 6,252 immigrants were posted to an area of ICE’s website normally used to report detention statistics last November. Further ...

  • Hacker finds copy of TSA no-fly list on exposed cloud storage

    January 22, 2023

    A copy of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration’s “no-fly list” has been found by a Swiss hacker exposed on the open internet in yet another case of misconfigured cloud storage. First reported by The Daily Dot, the exposure of the database was found by a Swiss hacker known as “maia arson crimew” on a server run ...

  • Fortinet: Government networks targeted with now-patched SSL-VPN zero-day

    January 12, 2023

    Fortinet says unknown attackers exploited a FortiOS SSL-VPN zero-day vulnerability patched last month in attacks against government organizations and government-related targets. The security flaw (CVE-2022-42475) abused in these incidents is a heap-based buffer overflow weakness found in the FortiOS SSLVPNd that allowed unauthenticated attackers to crash targeted devices remotely or gain remote code execution. The network security ...

  • Pakistan’s government to agencies: Dark web is dangerous, please don’t go there

    January 10, 2023

    Pakistan’s government has warned its agencies that the dark web exists, is home to all sorts of unpleasant people, and should be avoided. That revelatory information was delivered last week in a cabinet advisory titled “Leakaqe of Sensitive Data on Dark Web (AdvisorvNo.53)” that was issued without fanfare. Much of the document is anodyne, pointing out ...

  • Ransomware and wiper signed with stolen certificates

    December 22, 2022

    On July 17, 2022, Albanian news outlets reported a massive cyberattack that affected Albanian government e-services. A few weeks later, it was revealed that the cyberattacks were part of a coordinated effort likely intended to cripple the country’s computer systems. On September 10, 2022, Albanian local news reported a second wave of cyberattacks targeting Albania’s ...

  • Raspberry Robin Malware Targets Telecom, Governments

    December 20, 2022

    Trend Micro researchers found a malware sample allegedly capable of connecting to the Tor network to deliver its payloads. Their initial analysis of the malware, which compromised a number of organizations toward the end of September, showed that while the main malware routine contains both the real and fake payloads, it loads the fake payload ...

  • Iran-linked Charming Kitten espionage gang bares claws to pollies, power orgs

    December 15, 2022

    An Iranian cyber espionage gang with ties to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has learned new methods and phishing techniques, and aimed them at a wider set of targets – including politicians, government officials, critical infrastructure and medical researchers – according to email security vendor Proofpoint. Over the past two years, the threat actor group that ...

  • Ukrainian government networks breached via trojanized Windows 10 installers

    December 15, 2022

    Ukrainian government entities were hacked in targeted attacks after their networks were first compromised via trojanized ISO files posing as legitimate Windows 10 installers. These malicious installers delivered malware capable of collecting data from compromised computers, deploying additional malicious tools, and exfiltrating stolen data to attacker-controlled servers. One of the ISOs pushed in this campaign was hosted ...