Cybersecurity News & Trends

This week, attackers targeted everything from the energy sector and the U.S. elections to social media accounts and your coffeemaker.


SonicWall in the News

The 100 People You Don’t Know but Should 2020 — CRN

  • SonicWall’s Jason Carter has been selected to be part of CRN’s annual “100 People You Don’t Know but Should” list.

How Home Tech Can Be Companies’ Weakest Link — Financial Times (Business Education)

  • SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner weighs in on how companies can protect against risks due to remote employees’ home network setups.

Managed IT Service Providers Expands Support For Remote Workers During Pandemic — Crain’s Detroit Business

  • In March, SonicWall helped Vision Computer Solutions acquire additional licenses more quickly than normal so the company could rapidly transition to remote work.

These 13 Israeli Cybersecurity Startups Have Raised A collective $847 Million In Funding This Year For New Tools That Protect Remote Work  — Business Insider

  • Perimeter 81 — which SonicWall has invested in — is included in the roundup as a cloud-based company helping IT and security professionals more easily secure remote access.

Industry News

U.S. tech giants face curbs on data sharing, digital marketplaces, under draft EU rules — Reuters

  • Google, Facebook, Amazon, Apple and other U.S. tech giants could be banned from favoring their services or forcing users to sign up to a bundle of services under draft EU rules.

House passes bills to secure energy sector against cyberattacks — The Hill

  • The House has unanimously passed four bills aimed at securing the power grid and other energy infrastructure against cyberattacks.

Microsoft looks to expose espionage groups taking aim at NGOs, US politics — Cyberscoop

  • Cyberscoop summarizes/explores the new Microsoft report — a detailed review of criminal and government hackers’ tradecraft.

When coffee makers are demanding a ransom, you know IoT is screwed — Ars Technica

  • With the name Smarter, you might expect a network-connected kitchen appliance maker to be, well, smarter than companies selling conventional appliances. But in the case of the Smarter’s IoT coffee maker, you’d be wrong.

CISA Warns of Hackers Exploiting Zerologon Vulnerability — Security Week

  • The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued an alert to warn of attackers actively targeting a recently addressed vulnerability in the Microsoft Windows Netlogon Remote Protocol (MS-NRPC).

Microsoft disrupts nation-state hacker op using Azure Cloud service — Bleeping Computer

  • In a report today, Microsoft said that it disrupted operations of a nation-state threat group that was using its Azure cloud infrastructure for cyberattacks.

Ransomware Attacks Take On New Urgency Ahead of Vote — The New York Times

  • Attacks against small towns, big cities and the contractors who run their voting systems have federal officials fearing that hackers will try to sow chaos around the election.

FBI director warns that Chinese hackers are still targeting US COVID-19 research — The Hill

  • FBI Director Christopher Wray said Chinese hackers are continuing to target U.S. companies involved in COVID-19 research and described China as the nation’s “greatest counterintelligence threat.”

Mount Locker ransomware joins the multi-million dollar ransom game — Bleeping Computer

  • A new ransomware operation named Mount Locker is stealing victims’ files before encrypting and then demanding multi-million dollar ransoms.

FBI Director: Feeding DOD’s Cyber Offense Operations Is Crucial to New Strategy — Nextgov

  • Senator says legislation is moving forward to thwart intellectual property theft and defend federal networks from cyberattacks.

Phishing attacks are targeting your social network accounts — Bleeping Computer

  • Scammers are targeting your social network accounts with phishing emails that pretend to be copyright violations or promises of a shiny ‘blue checkmark’ next to your name.

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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.
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