News – February 2024

  • Law enforcement disrupt world’s biggest ransomware operation

    February 20, 2024

    In a significant breakthrough in the fight against cybercrime, law enforcement from 10 countries have disrupted the criminal operation of the LockBit ransomware group at every level, severely damaging their capability and credibility. LockBit is widely recognised as the world’s most prolific and harmful ransomware, causing billions of euros worth of damage. This international sweep follows ...

  • Cambridge faces cyber attack

    February 19, 2024

    The University faced a cyberattack yesterday (20/02), which is affected internet and services across multiple UK higher education institutions. Students at various colleges were notified of the attack, which affected access to IT services such as CamSIS and Moodle. An internal email revealed that the incident was a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, described as ...

  • UK: Council worker took tens of thousands of email addresses in massive data breach

    February 19, 2024

    A massive data breach by a worker at Stratford-on-Avon District Council saw tens of thousands of email addresses taken. The breach, which happened in November last year, was over a database of email addresses given by residents, the authority said. The probe found that around 79,000 email addresses from the garden waste collection database were affected. ...

  • SolarWinds Releases Critical Security Updates for Access Rights Manager

    February 19, 2024

    SolarWinds has released security updates addressing five remote code execution (RCE) vulnerabilities in Access Rights Manager (ARM). Path traversal vulnerabilities, CVE-2024-23476 and CVE-2024-23479, are both rated as critical with a CVSSv3 score of 9.6. An unauthenticated attacker could exploit these vulnerabilities, which could lead to RCE. Read more… Source: NHS Digital  

  • Ransomware Attack Disrupts Over 100 Romanian Hospitals, Including Cancer and Pediatric Centers

    February 19, 2024

    A massive ransomware attack has disrupted operations in multiple Romanian hospitals after encrypting databases and files. It targeted the Hipocrate Information System (HIS), an integrated healthcare management system sold by Romanian Soft Company (RSC). A significant portion of the Romanian healthcare system, including pediatric and oncology centers, was impacted, forcing staff to resort to manual systems ...

  • ALPHV ransomware says it was behind attacks on loanDepot, Prudential Financial

    February 19, 2024

    The infamous ALPHV ransomware operator (also known as BlackCat) has added two companies to its data leak site – Prudential Financial, and loanDepot, in a seeming admission it was behind the attacks on both companies. So far, the group has only added the names to its site, with the actual data not yet available. Apparently, the ...

  • UK: Water group made loss in wake of cyber attack

    February 19, 2024

    The Walsall-headquartered integrated serviced group, which operates South Staffordshire Water and Cambridge Water, posted a pre-tax loss of £23.1 million for the year to the end of March from a £7.6m profit a year earlier. The losses was put down to the impact of rising costs including on energy and chemicals, higher than expected water production ...

  • Why are ransomware gangs making so much money?

    February 17, 2024

    For many organizations and startups, 2023 was a rough year financially, with companies struggling to raise money and others making cuts to survive. Ransomware and extortion gangs, on the other hand, had a record-breaking year in earnings, if recent reports are anything to go by. It’s hardly surprising when you look at the state of the ...

  • Alpha Ransomware Emerges From NetWalker Ashes

    February 16, 2024

    Alpha, a new ransomware that first appeared in February 2023 and stepped up its operations in recent weeks, has strong similarities to the long-defunct NetWalker ransomware, which disappeared in January 2021 following an international law enforcement operation. The NetWalker Connection Analysis of Alpha reveals significant similarities with the old NetWalker ransomware. Both threats use a similar ...

  • Microsoft Exchange vulnerability actively exploited

    February 16, 2024

    As it turns out, there was another actively exploited vulnerability included in Microsoft’s patch Tuesday updates for February. When Microsoft said in its update guide for CVE-2024-21410 that the vulnerability was likely to be exploited by attackers, they weren’t kidding. Soon after they changed the status to “Exploitation Detected”. The Exchange vulnerability is listed in the ...