This week, ransomware attacks on U.S. governments, the energy sector, sports teams and smartwatch maker Garmin made headlines — and with cryptocurrency on the rise, more may be in store.
Malware is Down, But IoT and Ransomware Attacks Are Up — TechRepublic
- Malicious attacks disguised as Microsoft Office files increased 176%, according to SonicWall’s midyear threat report.
- COVID-19 has changed the face of cybercrime, as the latest malware statistics show.
- According to Bill Conner, the combination of remote internet connections and less secure personal computers has increased organizations’ risk of being compromised.
Smartwatch maker Garmin suffers outage after ransomware attack — The Telegraph
- SonicWall found that there had been a 20% increase in the number of ransomware attacks in the first half of the year, to more than 120 million.
- Kim has revolutionized pricing for MSSPs, with a pay-as-you-go model for SonicWall’s software products that delivers a cost savings of 20% over buying an annual license.
FBI warns of Netwalker ransomware targeting US government and orgs — Bleeping Computer
- The FBI has issued a security alert about Netwalker ransomware operators, advising victims not to pay the ransom and to report incidents to their local FBI field offices.
- A previously unreported Fancy Bear campaign persisted for well over a year — suggesting the notorious group behind the attacks has broadened its focus.
UK govt warns of ransomware, BEC attacks against sports sector — Bleeping Computer
- The UK National Cyber Security Centre has highlighted the increasing number of ransomware, phishing and BEC schemes targeting sports organizations.
- After several weeks of trading in narrow ranges, Bitcoin has breached $10,000 for the first time since early June.
Feature-rich Ensiko malware can encrypt, targets Windows, macOS, Linux — Bleeping Computer
- Threat researchers have found a new feature-rich malware that can encrypt files on any system running PHP.
- An increasing wave of cybercrime targeting Fortune 500 companies is starting to ring alarm bells.
BootHole GRUB bootloader bug lets hackers hide malware in Linux, Windows — Bleeping Computer
- When properly exploited, a severe vulnerability in almost all signed versions of GRUB2 bootloader could enable compromise of an operating system’s booting process even if the Secure Boot verification mechanism is active.
- Researchers have discovered a way to steal the personal and sensitive data of users on the popular dating app.
US defense contractors targeted by North Korean phishing attacks — Bleeping Computer
- Employees of U.S. defense and aerospace contractors were targeted in a large-scale spearphishing campaign designed to infect their devices and to exfiltrate defense tech intelligence.
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- SonicWall SMA Added to the Department of Defense Approved Products List — Wayne Engelke
- SonicWall’s Tiffany Haselhorst Joins 2020 CRN 100 Rising Female Stars List — Lindsey Lockhart
- New Cyber Threat Intelligence Finds Malicious Office Files Spiking, Ransomware Up during COVID-19 Pandemic — Geoff Blaine
- ‘3 & Free’ Promotion: The Easiest Way to Upgrade Your SonicWall Firewall for Free — Robert (Bob) VanKirk
- SonicWall EMEA 2020 Virtual Partner Events — Terry Greer-King
- COVID-19 Ushers in a New Era of Cybersecurity for Higher Ed — Bill Conner