News – October 2021


  • Olympus US systems hit by cyberattack

    October 12, 2021

    Olympus, a leading medical technology company, was forced to take down IT systems in the Americas (U.S., Canada, and Latin America) following a cyberattack that hit its network Sunday, October 10, 2021. “Upon detection of suspicious activity, we immediately mobilized a specialized response team including forensics experts, and we are currently working with the highest priority ...

  • Cyberattack shuts down Ecuador’s largest bank, Banco Pichincha

    October 12, 2021

    Ecuador’s largest private bank Banco Pichincha has suffered a cyberattack that disrupted operations and taken the ATM and online banking portal offline. The cyberattack occurred over the weekend, causing the bank to shut down portions of their network to prevent the attack’s spread to other systems. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Iran-linked DEV-0343 targeting defense, GIS, and maritime sectors

    October 11, 2021

    DEV-0343 is a new activity cluster that the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) first observed and began tracking in late July 2021. MSTIC has observed DEV-0343 conducting extensive password spraying against more than 250 Office 365 tenants, with a focus on US and Israeli defense technology companies, Persian Gulf ports of entry, or global maritime ...

  • Honda to Start Selling Smart Car Data

    October 11, 2021

    Automotive giant Honda Motor announced that it will start selling data generated by smart vehicles, joining various rivals in a new industry predicted to be worth as much as $400 billion a year. To gather data, smart cars are geared with cameras, lasers, and electric control units, turning the vehicles into moving sensors. This new technology ...

  • US schools gave kids laptops during the pandemic. Then they spied on them

    October 11, 2021

    When the pandemic started last year, countless forms of inequality were exposed – including the millions of American families who don’t have access to laptops or broadband internet. After some delays, schools across the country jumped into action and distributed technology to allow students to learn remotely. The catch? They ended up spying on students. ...

  • Pacific City Bank discloses ransomware attack claimed by AvosLocker

    October 11, 2021

    Pacific City Bank (PCB), one of the largest Korean-American community banking service providers in America, has disclosed a ransomware incident that took place last month. The bank is circulating notices to inform its clients of a security breach it identified on August 30, 2021, which they claim to have addressed promptly. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • How Quantum Computers Can Impact Security

    October 11, 2021

    If you’ve been following technology trends over the past few years, you’ve no doubt heard of the term “quantum computing,” which many call the next frontier for computing technologies. The promise of a computer that, on paper, has the potential to surpass the capabilities of even today’s fastest supercomputers has many players in the tech ...

  • ZTE widens bug bounty to focus on 5G security

    October 11, 2021

    ZTE has widened a bug bounty scheme to plug security vulnerabilities in its products, especially potential holes brought about by the launch of commercial 5G networks and services. The Chinese networking equipment vendor is working with bug bounty platform YesWeHack to test a range of products, including smartphones as well as cloud computing and database ...

  • Ukrainian police arrest DDoS operator controlling 100,000 bots

    October 11, 2021

    Ukrainian police have arrested a hacker who controlled a 100,000 device botnet used to perform DDoS attacks on behalf of paid customers. DDoS for hire The threat actor was arrested at his home in Prykarpattia where he was allegedly using the botnet to perform DDoS attacks or to support other malicious activity for his clients. This activity included ...

  • BrewDog exposed data for over 200,000 shareholders and customers

    October 8, 2021

    BrewDog, the Scottish brewery and pub chain famous for its crowd-ownership model and the tasty IPAs, has irreversibly exposed the details of 200,000 of its shareholders and customers. The exposure lasted for over 18 months and the point of the leak was the firm’s mobile app, which gives the ‘Equity Punks’ community access to information, discounts ...

  • Microsoft: Russian state hackers behind 53% of attacks on US govt agencies

    October 8, 2021

    Microsoft says that Russian-sponsored hacking groups are increasingly targeting US government agencies, with roughly 58% of all nation-state attacks observed by Microsoft between July 2020 and June 2021 coming from Russia. “Russian nation-state actors are increasingly targeting government agencies for intelligence gathering, which jumped from 3% of their targets a year ago to 53% – largely ...

  • Actors Target Huawei Cloud Using Upgraded Linux Malware

    October 8, 2021

    Trend Micro researchers have recently noticed another Linux threat evolution that targets relatively new cloud service providers (CSPs) with cryptocurrency-mining malware and cryptojacking attacks. In this article, they discuss a new Linux malware trend in which malicious actors deploy code that removes applications and services present mainly in Huawei Cloud. Specifically, the malicious code disables the ...

  • Ransomware in the Commonwealth of Independent States

    October 7, 2021

    These days, when speaking of cyberthreats, most people have in mind ransomware, specifically cryptomalware. In 2020–2021, with the outbreak of the pandemic and the emergence of several major cybercriminal groups (Maze, REvil, Conti, DarkSide, Avaddon), an entire criminal ecosystem took shape, leading to a mounting worldwide wave of attacks on large organizations with pockets deep ...

  • SilverTerrier – Nigerian Business Email Compromise

    October 7, 2021

    Business email compromise (BEC) remains the most common and most costly threat facing our customers. The year 2020 marked the fifth year in which these schemes held the top position on the annual FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) report. Over half a decade, global losses ballooned from $360 million in 2016 to a staggering ...

  • War Thunder Forums Allegedly Leak Classified Leclerc Tank Specs

    October 7, 2021

    There’s apparently been another whoopsie on the War Thunder forums — classified specs for the French Leclerc Tank were allegedly leaked in a post on the forums due to an argument. Gamers who love to roll around in tanks and cause chaos have no shortage of fun games to play these days. Whether it’s free-to-play titles ...