This week, hackers dominated the headlines. But from financial firms, to voting machines, to entire countries, many are beginning to mount a stronger defense.
- The author notes that, per SonicWall’s mid-year update to the 2020 Cyber Threat Report, there was a 20% jump in ransomware globally in the first half of 2020 compared to mid-year 2019, including a staggering 109% spike in the U.S.
3 Tips For Improving Your Cybersecurity Program This School Year — EdTech Magazine
- As schools prepare to reopen, EdTech Magazine offers three ways districts can improve their cybersecurity programs.
Covid-19 pandemic: Russian hackers target UK, US and Canadian research — Pharmaceutical Technology
- Security services in the UK, US and Canada have determined that Russian cyber hacking group APT29 has attempted to illicitly access Covid-19 research. SonicWall CEO Bill Conner discusses how state-sponsored espionage groups are targeting medical data.
- At the Black Hat security conference, researcher James Pavur presented findings that show that satellite-based Internet is putting millions at risk despite safeguards implemented by providers.
- In an interview with WIRED, former national intelligence official Sue Gordon discusses Russian election interference and other digital threats to democracy.
U.S. Government Launches Cyber Career Path Tool — Security Week
- The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) this week announced the launch of a free tool designed to help users identify and navigate a potential career path.
- U.S. losses from coronavirus-related fraud and identity theft have reached nearly $100 million, while complaints of COVID-19 scams have at least doubled in most states.
- Big banks and other financial firms are spending 15% more this year to defend computer networks from cyber criminals, and the pandemic and work-from-home arrangements are probably spurring further increases.
Hackers Get Green Light to Test U.S. Voting Systems — The Wall Street Journal
- Election Systems & Software, the top U.S. seller of voting-machine technology, is calling a truce in its feud with computer security researchers over the ways they probe for vulnerabilities of the company’s systems.
Hackers can abuse Microsoft Teams updater to install malware — Bleeping Computer
- Microsoft Teams can still double as a Living off the Land binary (LoLBin) and help attackers retrieve and execute malware from a remote location.
- According to a new report titled “Rogue Automation,” some robots have flaws that could make them vulnerable to advanced hackers, who could steal data or alter a robot’s movements remotely.
Interpol Warns of ‘Alarming’ Cybercrime Rate During Pandemic — Security Week
- Global police body Interpol has warned of an “alarming” rate of cybercrime during the coronavirus pandemic.
- U.S. government agencies say the Taidoor remote access trojan (RAT) has been used as far back as 2008.
- Chinese government-linked hackers targeted biotech company Moderna Inc., a U.S.-based coronavirus vaccine research developer, this year in a bid to steal data, according to a U.S. security official.
- With many of the people who help keep the grid running now working from home, cyberattacks targeting the power sector have surged.
- A disinformation operation broke into the content management systems of Eastern European media outlets in a campaign to spread misinformation about NATO.
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