Cybersecurity News & Trends – 05-14-20


This week, we spotlight 5G conspiracy theorists, government-linked attacks, and two young hackers–one who “saved the internet,” the other an “evil genius.”

SonicWall Spotlight

What are the security priorities for the post-coronavirus world? — Computer Weekly

  • Terry Greer-King, EMEA vice-president at SonicWall, believes the pandemic has accelerated an ongoing transformational shift in cybersecurity, which was driven by the continued adoption of cloud-based resources.

Maintaining Business Continuity in Cyber Threat Environment — CIO Review

  • A Q&A on cybercrimes that have spiked during the current pandemic, the impact on different sectors and recommended strategies for businesses to handle the situation.

Lurking Cyber Threats on Social Media — Dataquest

  • Debasish Mukherjee, VP Regional Sales-APAC at SonicWall, discusses the current threats on social media — including misinformation campaigns, fake profiles, data mining and social engineering — that are posing an increasing threat to users.

Cybersecurity News

Merkel cites ‘hard evidence’ she was targeted by Russian hackers — The Hill

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel told lawmakers Wednesday that she has seen “hard evidence” of Russia-based hacking attempts targeting her emails and those of the nation’s lawmakers.

The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet — Wired

  • At 22, he single-handedly put a stop to the worst cyberattack the world had ever seen. Then he was arrested by the FBI. This is his untold story.

ProLock Ransomware teams up with QakBot trojan for network access — Bleeping Computer

  • ProLock is a relatively new form of ransomware, but it has quickly attracted attention by targeting businesses and local governments and demanding huge ransoms for file decryption.

Ransomware Reminder: Paying Ransoms Doesn’t Pay — Bank Info Security

  • Still don’t believe that paying the ransoms demanded by cybercriminals is a bad idea? A recent survey presents further proof.

Researchers expose new malware designed to steal data from air-gapped networks — Cyberscoop

  • ESET is hoping publicizing the malware will shake loose clues in their hunt for the enigmatic hackers.

Hackers Target WHO by Posing as Think Tank, Broadcaster — Bloomberg

  • Employees of the World Health Organization have been targeted with coronavirus-related emails purporting to be from news organizations and researchers — but which actually originate with an Iranian hacker group.

U.S. accuses China-linked hackers of stealing coronavirus research — Reuters

  • According to U.S. officials, China-linked hackers are breaking into American organizations researching COVID-19. The report warns scientists and public health officials to be on the lookout for cyber theft.

The 5G Coronavirus Conspiracy Theory Has Taken a Dark Turn — Wired

  • Though social networks have pledged to take more concerted action against conspiracy theories, the 5G hoax has continued to spread, inspiring a surge of attacks.

Sodinokibi ransomware can now encrypt open and locked files — Bleeping Computer

  • The Sodinokibi (REvil) ransomware has added a new feature that makes it easier to encrypt all files, even those that are opened and locked by another process.

Teen Hacker and Crew of ‘Evil Geniuses’ Accused of $24 Million Crypto Theft — Bloomberg

  • An adviser to blockchain companies is claiming a 15-year-old and his crew of “evil computer geniuses” stole $24 million in cryptocurrency from him by hacking into his phone.

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Amber Wolff
Senior Digital Copywriter | SonicWall
Amber Wolff is the Senior Digital Copywriter for SonicWall. Prior to joining the SonicWall team, Amber was a cybersecurity blogger and content creator, covering a wide variety of products and topics surrounding enterprise security. She spent the earlier part of her career in advertising, where she wrote and edited for a number of national clients.