News – January 2021


  • U.S. National Cybersecurity Plan Promises to Safeguard Maritime Sector

    January 18, 2021

    The U.S Government released on January 5, 2021, a cybersecurity plan to secure the nation’s maritime sector against cybersecurity threats that could endanger national security. The Maritime Cyber Environment With International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) mandate “to ensure that cyber risks are appropriately addressed in existing safety management systems” and the increasing number of cyber-attacks against maritime and ...

  • FBI warns of vishing attacks stealing corporate accounts

    January 18, 2021

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued a notification warning of ongoing vishing attacks attempting to steal corporate accounts and credentials for network access and privilege escalation from US and international-based employees. Vishing (also known as voice phishing) is a social engineering attack where attackers impersonate a trusted entity during a voice call to persuade ...

  • Medical Device Security: Diagnosis Critical

    January 18, 2021

    A hacked insulin pump is the last thing a diabetic wants to worry about when life-saving fluids are pumped into their body. Sadly, concerns about medical device IT security are a healthcare reality. Last year, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued more than a half-dozen warnings tied to connected drug pumps alone. Vulnerabilities ...

  • UK MoD under fire over multiple data breaches

    January 18, 2021

    The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) suffered more data breaches in 2020 than in the year prior, seven of which were reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for further investigation. This is according to a new report from the Parliament Street Think Tank, and based on data provided by the MoD itself. Overall, there was an ...

  • Ransomware attacks now to blame for half of healthcare data breaches

    January 15, 2021

    Almost half of all data breaches in hospitals and the wider healthcare sector are as a result of ransomware attacks according to new research. Ransomware gangs are increasingly adding an extra layer of extortion to attacks by not only encrypting networks and demanding hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in bitcoin to restore them, ...

  • Hackers breach Foreign Office computers in cyber attack on Government countryside outpost

    January 15, 2021

    It is understood the attack is not connected to the devastating cyber attack on the Solar Winds Orion software, which US officials pin on Russian hackers. The Foreign Office has not commented on any suspects of its investigation, but tonight confirmed the breach, which was first reported by The Sun. A Government spokesperson said: ‘We take data ...

  • UK: ‘Human error’ blamed for wiping of thousands of police records

    January 15, 2021

    Home Secretary Priti Patel must “take responsibility” for the wiping of 150,000 arrest records from police databases, Labour has said. The records were accidentally wiped last week and they included fingerprint, DNA and arrest histories, according to The Times. The newspaper says the technological blunder could allow offenders to go free, as evidence from crime scenes would ...

  • Xiaomi added to US list of alleged Communist Chinese military companies

    January 15, 2021

    Chinese hardware manufacturer Xiaomi has been added to a list of alleged Communist Chinese military companies by the United States Department of Defense. “The Department is determined to highlight and counter the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) Military-Civil Fusion development strategy, which supports the modernisation goals of the People’s Liberation Army by ensuring its access to ...

  • Microsoft addresses a Critical RCE vulnerability affecting the Netlogon protocol CVE-2020-1472

    January 14, 2021

    Microsoft addressed a Critical RCE vulnerability affecting the Netlogon protocol (CVE-2020-1472) on August 11, 2020. We are reminding our customers that beginning with the February 9, 2021 Security Update release we will be enabling Domain Controller enforcement mode by default. This will block vulnerable connections from non-compliant devices. DC enforcement mode requires that all Windows ...

  • Apple removes feature that allowed its apps to bypass macOS firewalls and VPNs

    January 14, 2021

    Apple has removed a controversial feature from the macOS operating system that allowed 53 of Apple’s own apps to bypass third-party firewalls, security tools, and VPN apps installed by users for their protection. Known as the ContentFilterExclusionList, the list was included in macOS 11, also known as Big Sur. The exclusion list included some of Apple’s biggest ...

  • NSA Recommends How Enterprises Can Securely Adopt Encrypted DNS

    January 14, 2021

    The National Security Agency released a cybersecurity product, “Adopting Encrypted DNS in Enterprise Environments,” Thursday explaining the benefits and risks of adopting the encrypted domain name system (DNS) protocol, DNS over HTTPs (DoH), in enterprise environments. The release provides solutions for secure implementation based on enterprise network needs. DNS translates domain names in URLs into IP ...

  • CISCO says it won’t patch 74 security bugs in older RV routers that reached EOL

    January 14, 2021

    Networking equipment vendor Cisco said yesterday it was not going to release firmware updates to fix 74 vulnerabilities that had been reported in its line of RV routers, which had reached end-of-life (EOL). Affected devices include Cisco Small Business RV110W, RV130, RV130W, and RV215W systems, which can be used as both routers, firewalls, and VPNs. All four ...

  • The Top Worry In Cloud Security for 2021

    January 13, 2021

    The cloud is an environment full of potential. It provides easy access to technologies that simple weren’t available a decade ago. You can now launch the equivalent of an entire data center with a single command. Scaling to meet the demands of millions of customers can be entirely automated. Advanced machine learning analysis is as simple ...

  • Sophisticated Hacks Against Android, Windows Reveal Zero-Day Trove

    January 13, 2021

    Google researchers have detailed a major hacking campaign that was detected in early 2020, which mounted a series of sophisticated attacks, some using zero-day flaws, against Windows and Android platforms. Working together, researchers from Google Project Zero and the Google Threat Analysis Group (TAG) uncovered the attacks, which were “performed by a highly sophisticated actor,” Ryan ...

  • Hackers leak stolen Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine data online

    January 12, 2021

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) today revealed that some of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine data stolen from its servers in December was leaked online. EMA is a decentralized agency responsible for reviewing and approving COVID-19 vaccines, as well as for evaluating, monitoring, and supervising any new medicines introduced to the EU. “The ongoing investigation of the cyberattack ...

  • Europol: World’s Largest Illegal Dark Web Marketplace Taken Down

    January 12, 2021

    DarkMarket, the world’s largest illegal marketplace on the dark web, has been taken offline in an international operation involving Germany, Australia, Denmark, Moldova, Ukraine, the United Kingdom (the National Crime Agency), and the USA (DEA, FBI, and IRS). Europol supported the takedown with specialist operational analysis and coordinated the cross-border collaborative effort of the countries ...

  • Critical Microsoft Defender Bug Actively Exploited; Patch Tuesday Offers 83 Fixes

    January 12, 2021

    Microsoft addressed 10 critical bugs, one under active exploit and another publicly known, in its January Patch Tuesday roundup of fixes. In total it patched 83 vulnerabilities. The most serious bug is a flaw in Microsoft’s Defender anti-malware software that allows remote attackers to infect targeted systems with executable code. Security experts are warning that Windows ...

  • macOS malware used run-only AppleScripts to avoid detection for five years

    January 12, 2021

    For more than five years, macOS users have been the targets of a sneaky malware operation that used a clever trick to avoid detection and hijacked the hardware resources of infected users to mine cryptocurrency behind their backs. Named OSAMiner, the malware has been distributed in the wild since at least 2015 disguised in pirated (cracked) ...

  • New Zealand Reserve Bank breached using bug patched on Xmas Eve

    January 12, 2021

    A recent data breach at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, known as Te Pūtea Matua, was caused by attackers exploiting a critical vulnerability patched the same day. Over the weekend, the Reserve Bank disclosed that they suffered a data breach after an attacker hacked a third-party file sharing service containing sensitive data. In a new advisory ...

  • Mimecast Certificate Hacked in Microsoft Email Supply-Chain Attack

    January 12, 2021

    A Mimecast-issued certificate used to authenticate some of the company’s products to Microsoft 365 Exchange Web Services has been “compromised by a sophisticated threat actor,” the company has announced. Mimecast provides email security services that customers can apply to their Microsoft 365 accounts by establishing a connection to Mimecast’s servers. The certificate in question is used ...