News – July 2024


  • Ransomware attack shuts down The Superior Court of Los Angeles County

    July 22, 2024

    The Superior Court of Los Angeles County will be closed on Monday as they continue to recover from a ransomware attack that happened last week. Because of this, all 36 courthouse locations across LA County will be closed to start the week as work continues on the repair and reboot of network systems that were shut ...

  • UK teen arrested for alleged role in MGM Resorts cyberattack

    July 21, 2024

    A 17-year-old boy from Walsall has been arrested in connection with the September 2023 cyberattack that crippled MGM Resorts for several days. The West Midlands Police, working alongside the FBI and the National Crime Agency (NCA), apprehended the teenager on Thursday, 18th July, on suspicion of violating the UK’s Computer Misuse Act and blackmail offenses. Authorities ...

  • Cybercriminals quickly exploit CrowdStrike chaos

    July 20, 2024

    Who loves a global outage? Phishers, fraudsters and all manner of creeps Criminals didn’t waste any time taking advantage of the CrowdStrike-Microsoft chaos and quickly got to work phishing organizations and spinning up malicious domains purporting to be fixes.… Just hours after a faulty CrowdStrike file shut down Windows machines around the globe, reports surfaced of ...

  • CrowdStrike Took Down Australia And Half The World Now Facing Massive Compensation Claims

    July 19, 2024

    The reputation of a Company that describes themselves as one of the world’s best cyber security Companies is in tatters tonight, with the US business facing the potential of being sued by hundreds of business including major retailers in Australia and insurance Companies looking to claw back payouts for lost income, airline delays and customers ...

  • Number of data breach victims goes up 1,000%

    July 19, 2024

    Nope, that headline’s not a typo. Over one thousand percent. The Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) tracked 1,041,312,601 data breach victims in Q2 2024, an increase of 1,170% over Q2 2023 (81,958,874 victims). The ITRC is a national non-profit organization set up with the goal of minimizing the risk and mitigating the impact of identity compromise. ...

  • North Korean hackers are targeting Apple Mac devices with updated malware

    July 19, 2024

    North Korean state-sponsored threat actors are once again setting up fake job interviews in a bid to infect unsuspecting victims with infostealing malware – but this time around, they are focusing on Apple users. Cybersecurity researcher Patrick Wardle recently discovered a new variant of BeaverTail, a known infostealer capable of grabbing sensitive information from web browsers ...

  • What Is CrowdStrike? Security Company Implicated In Online Outage

    July 19, 2024

    CrowdStrike is a company that provides cloud-based online security solutions. Its software is used by some of the largest players in cloud services, including Amazon’s AWS. CrowdStrike has also been implicated in the global outage that has impacted retailers, airlines, media companies and more. The company’s co-founder has acknowledged the issue, and says a fix has ...

  • Microsoft IT outage linked to cyber security firm Crowdstrike hits airlines, railways, NHS and media outlets globally

    July 19, 2024

    The ‘most serious IT outage the world has ever seen’ sparked global chaos today – with planes and trains grounded, the NHS disrupted, shops closed, football teams unable to sell tickets and banks and TV channels knocked offline. The devastating technical fault caused Windows computers to suddenly shut down, prompting departure boards to immediately turn off ...

  • APT41 Has Arisen From the DUST

    July 18, 2024

    Recently, Mandiant became aware of an APT41 intrusion where the malicious actor deployed a combination of ANTSWORD and BLUEBEAM web shells for persistence. These web shells were identified on a Tomcat Apache Manager server and active since at least 2023. APT41 utilized these web shells to execute certutil.exe to download the DUSTPAN dropper to stealthily load ...

  • MediSecure reveals 12.9 million Australians had personal data stolen in cyber attack earlier this year

    July 18, 2024

    eScript provider MediSecure has revealed the personal data of 12.9 million Australians was stolen by hackers earlier this year, making it one of the largest cyber breaches in Australian history. MediSecure, which facilitates electronic prescriptions and dispensing, confirmed it was the victim of a large-scale data breach in May. The company had previously not disclosed how ...