Cyber Attacks News, Articles and Updates

Vega Stealer malware targeting marketing, PR and advertising sectors

Researchers have come across a new ransomware variant named Vega Stealer that is taking special aim at those in the marketing, advertising, public relations and retail/manufacturing industries.

Call of duty: Fighting cyber-crime in the capital markets comes down to AI

Cyber-attacks can leave companies more clued-up and prepared from a technology and process perspective on how to cope with the damage they inflict - and can spur on implementation of new technologies - including those using AI.

Widening the knowledge gap of cyber-criminals using deception

Increasing the knowledge gap of attackers and understanding where they go to gather their intel is a powerful capability for security professionals as it allows them to strategically deploy their deception components.

Russian government strengthening national cyber-security prior to World Cup

The Russian government, together with the national special services, is continuing strengthening the country's cyber-security prior to the World Cup football tournament being held in the country this summer.

AI for cybersecurity: a double-edged sword?

As AI technology becomes standard in defence, it is likely to become equally standard in attack - with one side using AI to spot patterns of misuse and malicious activity, while the other uses it to find vulnerabilities and evade detection.

UK manufacturers often outdated & highly vulnerable to cyber-threats

More than 80 UK manufacturing plants have faced cyber-incidents, yet many use old systems and lack the visibility, tools or manpower to carry out cyber-risk assessments. Are manufacturers fighting a losing battle?

Cyber attribution: Essential for incident response or optional extra?

Stephen Moore examines the role that cyber-attribution can play in the wake of a data breach and discusses whether it should be a seen as a fundamental step in every incident response or whether it is merely a 'nice to have'.

CNI needs shoring up after US, UK blame Russia for attacks

The US is prepared to take aggressive action against Russia for a recent, extended campaign of cyber-attacks on infrastructure assets around the world by compromising devices such as routers and firewalls.

In harm's way: Assessing Russia's cyber-arsenal

As the threat from Putin's Russia escalates, the West is bracing itself for further cyber-attacks and disinformation campaigns. How sophisticated are its cyber-offensive capabilities and how might they be used?

Remotely hosted objects used to spread Formbook malware

Cyber-criminals are once again abusing trusted applications, such as Microsoft Office, to launch multi-stage attacks inside malicious documents to deliver Formbook malware.

Staff at Northern Ireland assembly warned over email breach

Warnings issued to change passwords. Northern Ireland Assembly has issued warnings to staff following cyber-attacks on its IT system, according to reports by the Belfast Telegraph.

Is your business responding to the evolving cyber-security landscape?

Businesses, under constant threat of cyber-attack, have been forced to change the way they view and manage cyber-security to ensure they're not leaving themselves vulnerable.

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.