Cyber Attacks News, Articles and Updates

US DHS, FBI name Russia in DragonFly 2.0 attacks on critical infrastructure

"This type of attack (ie cyber-attacks by Russia on Western critical infrastructure) isn't anything new, and the real story here is that the US is choosing to acknowledge it (and in extreme detail),"

Pro-establishment Iranian hackers gaining prominence in the Persian Gulf

The rising capabilities of Iranian hackers came to the fore in 2017 when hacker groups like Helix Kitten, Charming Kitten, and Volatile Kitten launched several crippling cyber-attacks on Saudi Arabian entities.

HenBox malware targets Chinese minority group

A new Android malware family dubbed HenBox is targeting a large online population based in China who have been the subject of numerous cyber-attacks in the past.

A step through guide on how to mitigate a cyber-attack

The prospect of a cyber-attack on any organisation can be very daunting. However, if you have the processes, contacts and a strong response plan at the ready, the situation can be dealt with much more effectively.

NSA chief hasn't been give the authority to battle Russian interference

US National Security Agency Director Adm Mike Rogers, US Cyber Command commander, told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee that President Trump hasn't directed him to combat Russian cyber-attacks.

Nation state cyber-attacks on the rise - detect lateral movement quickly

The line between cyber-criminals and nation-state hackers is increasingly blurred. The volume and intensity of cyber-attacks hit a new high in 2017 alongside the increasing level of sophistication of hacks.

Winter Olympics cyber attacks - they thought it was all over

The PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games closes this weekend, having been repeatedly targeted by malicious cyber-attacks, along with several organisations associated with the Games. But the threat is far from over.

Winter Olympics: How can sports organisers defend against cyber-criminals?

There are multiple motives behind cyber-attacks on big sporting events; corporate blackmail, access to the personal and financial information of ticket buyers. Mainly, cyber- criminals are attracted by high numbers and attention/profit.

Interpol warns IoT devices at risk

Cyber-attacks against IoT devices have grown markedly over the past two years, prompting a warning from Interpol that nearly any IoT device - from refrigerators to smartphones - is vulnerable to attack.

Councils failing on cyber-security, say campaigners

UK councils are suffering from a lack of training in the face of a vast number of cyber attacks, averaging 37 attacks per minute, according to a new report.

SC Congress 2018: What's happening on your network?

Not knowing who or what is on your network is leaving organisations vulnerable to cyber-crime including ransomware. Although there are technical issues, training and personnel is a bigger problem.

SC Congress 2018: Should critical infrastructure be put on a war footing?

Cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure are now the biggest threat to humanity and more action and collaboration is needed to defeat nation state actors and terrorists threatening essential systems.

Russian actors mentioned as possibly launching Olympics cyber-attack

Naming the culprit behind the cyber-attack that hit the 2018 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will never be nailed down 100 percent, but industry executives have gathered some evidence pointing toward a Russian group.

Why global cyber-attacks just might be the wakeup call we all needed

More data and hack case studies should allow professionals to take a step back and place attacks into a broader context, harnessing the power of AI to learn from these breaches.

Olympic torch lights the way for cyber-criminals

The potential for cyber-attacks being launched during the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang against those attending the games, is so strong that US CERT has issued cyber-security guidelines for those visiting.

Study claims most businesses lack cyber-expertise to prevent attacks

The majority of businesses lack cyber-security expertise to prevent cyber-attacks and protect customers, according to a recent study.

The USA goes nuclear: how should the security community react?

The attribution of a cyber-attack is a key question in this debate about nuclear responses. It is extremely difficult to pinpoint the source of a tech invasion, as complex coding techniques mean users are able to retain online anonymity.

Complexity of DDoS attacks is rising says new report

DDoS attacks plotted over the last year have stepped back from the headline-grabbing events of 2016, but have become more stealthy and intelligent, according to a new report.

EFF, Lookout uncover Dark Caracal spy group

A new threat actor named Dark Caracal working out of a building operated by the Lebanese General Directorate of General Security (GDGS) has been identified as being behind cyber-attacks hitting victims in more than 20 nations.

British hacker jailed for cyber-attacks against Pokemon, Google, and Skype

A British computer hacker was arrested on charges stemming from launching thousands of cyber-attacks against firms, including Pokemon, Google and Skype.

Cyber-criminals favoured non-malware attacks in 2017: Report

Non-malware-based cyber-attacks were behind the majority of cyber-incidents reported in 2017, despite proliferation of malware available to both the professional and amateur hacker.

Ukraine used as a "training ground" for Russian hacking attacks on west

Ukraine has become a "training ground" for Russian hackers wishing to perpetrate cyber-attacks on the west, a Kyiv security expert has claimed.

Protecting your business from the scourge of ransomware

Cyber-criminals infect devices, block access and then demand money. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet to combat ransomware. However, there are steps that can be taken to minimise risk and stop the spread of infection.

A deep dive into ransomware -it's about to get serious

Ransomware is a growing threat & continues to offer criminals a high return on investment. But many ransomware attacks are still under-resourced and designed by low-skilled operators - what happens when this changes?

'UK is the most affected country' from hacking per capita in the world

Thousands of British businesses have paid ransoms to Russian hackers who are launching attacks every day and demanding £100,000 to release files.

NATO drawing up cyber counterattack contingency plans

Several NATO members are contemplating a change in the alliance's doctrine regarding how it might react to future cyber-attacks, possibly enabling a more robust response.

News feature: Simulated attack, lessons learned on all sides

Learning by doing. If you don't have - and practice - a breach recovery plan, then a simulation exercise can demonstrate why you should have one, identify your weak spots, and encourage you to take action to plug the holes.

Perceived versus actual risk: who is most at risk from cyber-crime?

Cyber-attacks using phishing emails, malware and other techniques are mostly indiscriminate. So whether you're an employee, a small business owner, wealthy or not, the chances of you being targeted by a cyber-criminal are similar.

Attack of the cyber-bees: self-learning hivenets to replace botnets in 2018

Highly destructive, self-learning 'swarmbots' driven by hivenets will be the threat trend for next year said Fortinet global security strategist, Derek Manky, speaking at the vendors International Media Conference in Nice this week.

NCSC head blames Russia for cyber-attacks

The head of the UK GCHQ's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on Wednesday accused Russia of staging attacks on critical infrastructure and other sectors within the past year.