News – November 2021


  • UK Labour Party data breach: Supporters’ details affected in cyberattack

    November 3, 2021

    The Labour Party has confirmed that details of its members and supporters is among information affected by a “cyber incident” at a company which handles the party’s data. In a statement sent to all party members on Wednesday, Labour said the “significant” attack was on “‘a third party that handles data on our behalf” and that ...

  • Medical school exposes personal data of thousands of students

    November 3, 2021

    A US medical training school exposed the personally identifiable information (PII) of thousands of students. On Wednesday, vpnMentor published a report on the security incident, in which an unsecured bucket was left exposed online. The server, which did not have authentication controls in place and was, therefore, accessible by anyone to view, contained 157GB of data, or ...

  • FBI: Ransomware targets companies during mergers and acquisitions

    November 2, 2021

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warns that ransomware gangs are targeting companies involved in “time-sensitive financial events” such as corporate mergers and acquisitions to make it easier to extort their victims. In a private industry notification published on Monday, the FBI said ransomware operators would use the financial information collected before attacks as leverage to ...

  • Cybercriminals sell access to international shipping, logistics giants

    November 2, 2021

    Cybercriminals are offering initial access for networks belonging to key players in global supply chains, researchers warn. On Tuesday, Intel 471 published an analysis of current black market trends online, revealing instances of initial access brokers (IABs) offering access to international shipping and logistics companies across the ground, air, and sea. Global supply chains have faced serious ...

  • Toronto public transportation system reports ransomware attack

    November 2, 2021

    The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) — which runs the city’s public transportation system — reported a ransomware attack this weekend that forced conductors to use radio, crippled the organization’s email system and made schedule information on platforms and apps unavailable. In a statement on Friday, the TTC said it confirmed it was the victim of a ...

  • ‘Trojan Source’ Hides Invisible Bugs in Source Code

    November 1, 2021

    Researchers have found a new way to encode potentially evil source code, such that human reviewers see a harmless version and compilers see the invisible, wicked version. Named “Trojan Source attacks,” the method “exploits subtleties in text-encoding standards such as Unicode to produce source code whose tokens are logically encoded in a different order from the ...

  • New White House Cyber Director Wants to Fight Like Cobra Kai

    November 1, 2021

    The first U.S. National Cyber Director wants the government to take a tougher, more proactive approach to those who threaten America’s networks: degrade their capabilities and demonstrate how they would suffer should they attack. John “Chris” Inglis’ vision for his brand-new office somewhat resembles the match-day strategy employed by the Cobra Kai dojo in the original ...

  • Canadian province health care system disrupted by cyberattack

    November 1, 2021

    The Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador has suffered a cyberattack that has led to severe disruption to healthcare providers and hospitals. The attack took place on October 30th, causing regional health systems to shut down their networks and cancel thousands of medical appointments. This outage affected health systems in Central Health, Eastern Health, Western Health, ...

  • Spam and phishing in Q3 2021

    November 1, 2021

    This summer and early fall saw some major international sporting events. The delayed Euro 2020 soccer tournament was held in June and July, followed by the equally delayed Tokyo Olympics in August. Q3 2021 also featured several F1 Grand Prix races. There was no way that cybercriminals and profiteers could pass up such a golden ...

  • Ransomware decryptor roundup: BlackByte, Atom Silo, LockFile, Babuk decryptors released

    November 1, 2021

    Ransomware decryptors for the BlackByte, Atom Silo, LockFile and Babuk strains were released over the last two weeks, highlighting some amount of progress in the fight against a few of the smaller ransomware gangs. Last week, security company Avast released three decryptors, including ones for those affected by the AtomSilo, LockFile and Babuk ransomware. Cybersecurity firm ...

  • Cring ransomware continues assault on industrial organizations with aging applications, VPNs

    November 1, 2021

    The Cring ransomware group continues to make a name for itself through attacks on aging ColdFusion servers and VPNs after emerging earlier this year. Experts like Digital Shadows Sean Nikkel told ZDNet that what makes Cring interesting is that so far, they appear to specialize in using older vulnerabilities in their attacks. “In a previous incident, Cring ...

  • Office 365 Phishing Campaign Uses Kaspersky’s Amazon SES Token

    November 1, 2021

    A surge in spearphishing emails designed to steal Office 365 credentials were rigged to look like they came from a Kaspersky email address. In spite of coming from sender addresses such as noreply@sm.kaspersky.com, nobody at Kaspersky sent the phishing emails, the security company said in an advisory issued on Monday. Rather, the emails were sent with ...