Cybersecurity News & Trends – 09-11-20


This week, students are going back to school, cybersecurity is going into outer space, and Emotet is going through the roof.

SonicWall Spotlight

Cybersecurity for the post-COVID new normal of work — Managing the Future of Work podcast

  • SonicWall CEO Bill Conner discusses how COVID-19 and the 2020 election are creating unprecedented infrastructure challenges in cybersecurity, and how forces such as the cybersecurity business gap and the need for secure remote access will shape the cybersecurity landscape going forward.

Tackle the Growing Number of IoT Ransomware Threats — TechTarget – IoT Agenda

  • Ransomware attacks have increased 20% worldwide in the first half of the year and 105% in the U.S., according to SonicWall’s latest cyberthreat report.

Cybersecurity News

FBI: Thousands of orgs targeted by RDoS extortion campaign — Bleeping Computer

  • The FBI has warned U.S. companies that thousands of organizations around the world, from various industry sectors, have been threatened with DDoS attacks within six days unless they pay a Bitcoin ransom.

Inter: a ‘low bar’ kit for Magecart credit card skimmer attacks on e-commerce websites — ZDNet

  • Researchers say that any attacker with “a little cash to burn” can join the attack trend.

 Website Crashes and Cyberattacks Welcome Students Back to School — The New York Times

  • With many districts across the country opting for online learning, a range of technical issues marred the first day of classes.

Phishing adds overlay on official company page to steal logins — Bleeping Computer

  • A phishing campaign deployed recently at various businesses uses the company’s home page to disguise the attack and trick potential victims into providing login credentials.

Money from bank hacks rarely gets laundered through cryptocurrencies — ZDNet

  • Despite being considered a cybercrime haven, cryptocurrencies play a very small role in laundering funds obtained from bank hacks, the SWIFT financial organization said.

White House issues cybersecurity space policy — SpaceNews

  • Space Policy Directive 5 is the first comprehensive government policy on cybersecurity for satellites and related systems, and outlines best practices to protect space systems from hacking and other cyber threats.

U.S. Department of Defense discloses critical and high severity bugs — Bleeping Computer

  • The U.S. Department of Defense has disclosed details about four security vulnerabilities on its infrastructure. Two of them have a high severity rating, while the other two received a critical score.

France, Japan, New Zealand warn of sudden spike in Emotet attacks — ZDNet

  • Emotet activity has ramped up to new levels in September 2020, alarming some cybersecurity agencies.

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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.