This week, between breaches at Twitter, compromise at Citrix and cyberattacks against COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers, the case for a U.S. national cyber director got even stronger.
Russian Cyber Espionage Group is Trying to Steal U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Research — Newsweek International
- SonicWall CEO and GCHQ advisor Bill Conner said, “Russia happens to be the first country placed in the spotlight, but it was only a matter of time before a nation state resorted to cybercrime to influence or control global healthcare during a time of great need. … [Cyber] criminals tend to follow the money trail, thus putting a massive bounty on anything vaccine-related.”
- Honeywell says it has seen a significant increase over the past year in USB-borne malware that can cause disruption to industrial control systems.
Malware adds online sandbox detection to evade analysis — Bleeping Computer
- Malware developers are now using Any.Run malware analysis service in an attempt to prevent their malware from being easily analyzed by researchers.
- There’s been a big jump in Phorpiex botnet activity – but it’s a trojan malware attack that was the most common malware campaign in June.
New AgeLocker Ransomware uses Googler’s utility to encrypt files — Bleeping Computer
- A new and targeted ransomware named AgeLocker utilizes the ‘Age’ encryption tool created by a Google employee to encrypt victims’ files.
The case for a National Cyber Director — Cyberscoop
- Although the effects of COVID-19 will last for years, it’s already clear that shifting more activity online has increased our society’s digital dependence even faster than expected.
- Turf wars are heating up over routers that fuel distributed DDoS attacks.
- Impacted products include routers, IP cameras, DVRs, and smart TVs.
TrickBot malware mistakenly warns victims that they are infected — Bleeping Computer
- The notorious TrickBot malware accidentally included a test module that’s warning victims that they are infected and should contact their administrator.
Russian Hackers Blamed for Attacks on Vaccine-Related Targets — The Wall Street Journal
- U.S. and U.K. government officials said a prominent state-backed Russian hacking group is responsible for ongoing cyberattacks against organizations involved in the development of coronavirus vaccines and other healthcare-related work.
A Brazen Online Attack Targets V.I.P. Twitter Users in a Bitcoin Scam — The New York Times
- In a major show of force, hackers breached some of the site’s most prominent accounts, a Who’s Who of Americans in politics, entertainment and tech.
Citrix: No breach, hacker stole business info from third party — Bleeping Computer
- Citrix has published an official statement to deny claims that the company’s network was breached by a malicious actor who says that he was also able to steal customer information.
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- SonicWall EMEA 2020 Virtual Partner Events — Terry Greer-King
- COVID-19 Ushers in a New Era of Cybersecurity for Higher Ed — Bill Conner
- A Brief History of COVID-19 Related Attacks, Pt. 1 — Dmitriy Ayrapetov
- SonicWall’s Online Community Connects Cybersecurity Professionals — Micah Vorst