Cybersecurity News & Trends – 08-21-20


This week, U.S. national security was at the forefront, with authorities working to secure voting systems ahead of the November elections, FBI and CISA issuing warnings about Linux malware and the U.S. Army detailing North Korea’s cyberattack strategies.

SonicWall Spotlight

Interview: Bill Conner, President and CEO, SonicWall — Infosecurity

  • With remote working likely to be far more common going forward, businesses are considering what they should do to adequately secure themselves.

How to Negotiate with Cyber Terrorists During a Pandemic — Bloomberg (United Kingdom)

  • According to SonicWall’s mid-year Cyber Threat Report, the number of ransomware attacks climbed 20% in the first half of the year, to a total of 121.4 million.
    *Syndicated on Yahoo! Finance UK, Washington Post and The Star

D&H Expands Hosted Security Offerings for MSPs, SMBs — Channelnomics

  • D&H Distributing is giving MSPs and SMBend customers access to SonicWall’s security solutions through a subscription model that removes upfront costs and offers predictable monthly payments.

Cybersecurity News

Taiwan says China behind cyberattacks on government agencies, emails — Reuters

  • Taiwan said hacking groups linked to the Chinese government had attacked at least 10 government agencies and some 6,000 government email accounts to steal important data.

FritzFrog malware attacks Linux servers over SSH to mine Monero — Bleeping Computer

  • A sophisticated botnet campaign named FritzFrog has been discovered breaching SSH servers around the world.

Ongoing Campaign Uses HTML Smuggling for Malware Delivery — Security Week

  • Referred to as Duri, the campaign attempts to evade network security solutions, including proxies and sandboxes, to deliver malicious code.

IRS Granted Tens of Thousands of Devices Network Access Without Proper Authentication — Nextgov

  • Most devices accessing the Internal Revenue Service’s internal network using wireless connections and virtual private networks weren’t authenticated, according to an audit.

U.S. Army Report Describes North Korea’s Cyber Warfare Capabilities — Security Week

  • A 332-page report, titled “North Korean Tactics,” details North Korean forces and their actions, with one chapter focusing on electronic intelligence warfare.

How a new federal policy for telling election officials about cyber-intrusions got put to use — Cyberscoop

  • An unidentified hacker reportedly spoofed the email account of a voting-equipment vendor and sent a phishing email to a local election official in Missouri.

NSA and FBI warn that new Linux malware threatens national security — Ars Technica

  • The FBI and NSA have issued a joint warning that Russian state hackers are using a previously unknown piece of Linux malware to infiltrate sensitive networks, steal confidential information, and execute malicious commands.

CISA Warns of Phishing Emails Delivering KONNI Malware — Security Week

  • The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued an alert providing information on attacks delivering the KONNI remote access Trojan (RAT).

CactusPete hackers go on European rampage with Bisonal backdoor upgrade — ZDNet

  • The APT is attacking banks and military organizations throughout Eastern Europe.

Lawmakers introduce bill to help election officials address cyber vulnerabilities — The Hill

  • Reps. John Katko (R-N.Y.) and Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.) introduced legislation to provide election officials with enhanced cybersecurity resources, as authorities ramp up warnings of foreign interference in the upcoming U.S. elections.

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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.