Cybersecurity News & Trends – 11-06-20


This week, there were no reports of cybercriminal meddling in the U.S. election. But hospitals, government agencies, human rights groups, embassies and more weren’t so lucky.

SonicWall in the News

FBI Warns That Hackers Are Targeting Hospitals While Coronavirus Admissions Surge — Vox

  • The FBI has warned of an increase in ransomware attacks, particularly Ryuk, on hospitals.
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Ryuk This For A Game Of Soldiers: Ransomware-flingers Actively Targeting Hospitals In The Us, Cyber Agencies Warn — The Register

  • While countries such as the UK, Germany and India saw declines in Ryuk, the U.S. saw a staggering 145.2 million ransomware hits – a 139 per cent year-on-year increase.

Surge In Ryuk Ransomware Attacks Has Hospitals On Alert — Computer Weekly

  • Ryuk has surged during 2020, according to statistics provided by SonicWall’s Capture Labs, which has booked 67.3 million Ryuk attacks in 2020, one-third of all ransomware incidents so far this year.

Most Organizations Don’t Have An Election Cyber War Room. They Don’t Need One — Cybersecurity Dive

  • The latest technological developments are almost irrelevant if security is absent from company culture. It’s a matter of reminding organizations of their security hygiene.

Industry News

Officials on alert for potential cyber threats after a quiet Election Day — The Hill

  • Election officials are cautiously declaring victory after no reports of major cyber incidents on Election Day.

Scam PSA: Ransomware gangs don’t always delete stolen data when paid — Bleeping Computer

  • Ransomware gangs are increasingly failing to keep their promise to delete stolen data after a victim pays a ransom.

No indication foreign governments have successfully interfered with 2020 voting: DHS officials — The Washington Times

  • Department of Homeland Security officials said the federal government is confident that the nation’s voting systems are secure and unaffected by foreign interference, but they cautioned that America’s adversaries may still attempt to create problems.

UK cyber-threat agency confronts Covid-19 attacks — BBC

  • More than a quarter of the incidents which the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) responded to were COVID-related, according to its latest annual report.

Hacker is selling 34 million user records stolen from 17 companies — Bleeping Computer

  • A threat actor is selling account databases containing an aggregate total of 34 million user records that they claim were stolen from seventeen companies during data breaches.

North Korean Group Kimsuky Targets Government Agencies With New Malware — Security Week

  • North Korea-linked threat actor Kimsuky was recently observed using brand new malware in attacks on government agencies and human rights activists, Cybereason’s security researchers say.

Hackers Bearing Down on U.S. Hospitals Have More Attacks Planned — Bloomberg

  • A Russia-based ransomware group responsible for a new wave of attacks against U.S. hospitals is laying the groundwork to cripple at least ten more.

First the Good News: Number of Breaches Down 51% Year Over Year — Dark Reading

  • But the number of records put at risk experiences a massive increase.

US shares info on Russian malware used to target parliaments, embassies — Bleeping Computer

  • US Cyber Command today shared information on malware implants used by Russian hacking groups in attacks targeting multiple ministries of foreign affairs, national parliaments, and embassies.

Hackers are on the hunt for Oracle servers vulnerable to potent exploit — Ars Technica

  • Hackers are scanning the Internet for machines that have yet to patch a recently disclosed flaw that force Oracle’s WebLogic server to execute malicious code, a researcher warned Wednesday night.

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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.