Cyber Attack News, Articles and Updates

Growth in impersonation attacks greater than malware attacks

While many organisations still fear of malware being the main burden to their email cyber-resilience, the findings show only 15 percent increase in these type of email attacks compared to the last figures.

Cryptocurrency thieves steal £51 million of Bitcoin from mining platform

Hackers may have gotten away with £51 million of bitcoin after a cyber-attack hit the cryptocurrency mining platform NiceHash. The attack was highlighted on Twitter and Reddit with users saying they may lose hundreds of dollars.

Action Fraud launches 24/7 helpline to combat cyber attacks

Action Fraud, the UK's national fraud and cyber-crime reporting centre, has launched a 24/7 live cyber-attack helpline. During its pilot since October 2016, Action Fraud's 24/7 cyber-helpline received 377 reports.

'Crash' testing programme needed to achieve autonomous vehicle security

Driving the Autumn Budget - speed of introduction causes concerns over safety of autonomous vehicles, including terrorist take-over, plus where responsibility lays - user, manufacterer (hardware/software) and regulator.

Arabic, Urdu, Persian, Pashto InPage processor used by 3 malware families

An exploit in the InPage word processor program was used as an attack vector by three malware families. The word processor supports languages such as Urdu, Persian, Pashto, and Arabic.

ONI ransomware used to cover track in long-term attacks against Japanese firms

A new strain of ransomware has been used to attack Japanese firms and delete evidence, according to security researchers. Hackers made significant attempts to hide covert operations.

Attack is imminent - get "back to basics" - not just during CyberSec month

Patching and application control should be first on the list to strengthen your organisation against attack, but take a strategic approach, and don't just patch for the latest WannaCry, but for the next big attack too says Amber Boehm.

Iran is being blamed for a cyber-attack against Parliamentary emails

The 23 June 12-hour brute force hack-attack against 9,000 parliamentary email accounts, including minsters and the PM, is now being blamed on Iran.

Defence minister says Poland fended off Russian cyber-attack on businesses

Poland's defence minister reportedly disclosed that his country successfully stopped yet another Russian cyber-attack.

Malicious websites targeting Israeli institutions- TwoFace webshell link

A webshell used to harvest credentials from an unnamed Middle Eastern organisation appears to be targeting Israeli institutions and may possibly be linked to the Iranian APT group OilRig.

Avast narrows down probable location of CCleaner attacker

Avast continued to reveal further details surrounding the cyberattack that placed a backdoor in its free computer maintenance app, CCleaner. Attack believed originated from a country located in the UTC + 4 or UTC + 5 time zones.

Tier one incident expected, Government cyber-specs likely - NCSC

We can expect to see a cyber-security incident at a category one level within the next few years. The government specifying what it will buy is an effective way of changing the market - Ian Levy, technical director, NCSC

WikiLeaks homepage defaced as it dumps more CIA hacking tools

The Central Intelligence Agency can take some small comfort that as WikiLeaks was preparing for its latest dump of the spy agency's Vault7 hacking tools, a group of hackers was busy defacing WikiLeaks' homepage.

Web application attacks accounted for 73% of all incidents says report

Web application attacks accounted for 73 percent of all incidents and pure public cloud installations experienced the fewest security incidents in recent industry report.

Breaking: NHS Trust crippled by cyberattack

A malware infection on a Lincolnshire hospital has caused an NHS trust to shut down major operations across several hospitals

Researcher finds Mirai flaws that could allow counterattack on botnet

IoT botnet blamed for Dyn attack - Mirai - has several code vulnerabilities but questions are raised over legality of its use in defence.

ICYMI:PSN hacked; Russia prepares; Internet blackouts; Mirai botnet use; GDPR & Brexit

This week In Case You Missed It looks at: PSN hack on B1 launch; Russia prepares for retaliation; Blackouts from Dyn DDoS; Mirai botnets cause Dyn blackouts; Brexit confuses GDPR plans.

CIA readies itself for cyber-attack on Russia

"Covert" action against Russia planned by Obama administration says NBC report

InfoSec 2016: 3/4 experts agree working together crucial to incident response

A group of industry experts joined for a panel to discuss enterprise-wide cyber-incident response plans and proactive techniques for a rapid response and three of the four panellists agreed it's all about the people.

The US declares cyber-war on Islamic State

The US, finally and for the first time has announced its intentions to wage cyber-war on Islamic State

SC Congress Amsterdam: Cyber-warfare - "we are all involved in this"

Although some would argue that cyber-war is still in its infancy, it is - according to our panel of experts at the SC Congress Amsterdam - well under way across the globe.

World's largest international cyber-defence exercise underway in Tallinn

Some 26 nations and more than 550 computer experts are engaged in the worlds biggest 'live fire' international cyber-defence exercise - Locked Shields.

Update: Swedish airports suffer potential cyber-attack

Despite being initially blamed on a cosmic storm, a service outage in Sweden late last year may have been a co-ordinated attack

Fallon announces new cyber-security centre for MoD

UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced an investment of £40 million into the Ministry of Defence to create a Cyber Security Operations Centre.

Nearly 1500 vulnerabilities found in automated medical equipment

Security researchers have discovered 1,418 flaws in outdated medical equipment still in use by some healthcare providers.

A rusty deterrent? Trident to get upgrade from BAE

The Ministry of Defence is to bolster the cyber-security systems of its HMS Vanguard fleet of nuclear submarines otherwise known as Trident.

A quarter of UK companies hit by cyber-attack, industry unsurprised

As cyber-attacks on UK companies continue to hit new heights, some industry bods are surprised, not at how high the numbers are, but how low.

New research reveals 71 percent of UK organisations not cyber-resilient

Study of 450 UK IT and security professionals uncovers insufficient planning and lack of clear ownership as major inhibitors to achieving cyber resilience.

Israeli Electricity Authority was hit by ransomware, power grid not affected

Yuval Steinitz, Israel's energy minister reported Israel's Electricity Authority, the regulator of the actual Israeli power company, was hit by a 'severe' cyber-attack. The power grid itself not affected in any way.