Cybersecurity News & Trends

This week, the massive SolarWinds breach made headlines around the world, but that doesn’t mean other hackers took a holiday.


SonicWall in the News

The 25 Hottest Edge Security Companies: 2020 Edge Computing 100 — CRN

  • SonicWall was recognized in CRN’s 2020 Edge Computing 100 list for its new SD-Branch and Cloud Edge Secure Access solutions.

Cyberattack ‘Leaves UK Infrastructure Exposed for Month’ — Newsweek

  • SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner, who in recent years has advised the U.K. and U.S. governments on how best they can protect critical national assets from cybercrime, said the hackers appeared to be motivated by geopolitical control.

Cases of Cyber Ransomware Rising During COVID Pandemic — MSN

SonicWall Capture Labs Threat Research Team Warns of Egregor Ransomware Attacks — SME Channels

  • SonicWall Capture Labs Threat Research team warns that Egregor Ransomware attacks — which steal system information and banking and online account credentials, as well as deploy keyloggers and remote backdoors — will likely intensify.

SolarWinds Supply Chain Attack Led to FireEye, US Government Breaches — SDxCentral

  • Bill’s commentary on the U.S. Treasury hack was featured in an SDxCentral article about recent data breaches.

SonicWall Seeks The Bliss of The Predictable — ChannelPro Network

  • ChannelPro Network shared a feature on SonicWall’s SecureFirst Partner Program for its ChannelBeat column.

Industry News

SolarWinds Breach Potentially Gave Hackers ‘God Access’: Ex-White House Official — Newsweek

  • The SolarWinds breach potentially gave hackers “God access” or a “God door” to computer systems using the companies OrionIT software, a former White House official has warned.

FireEye, Microsoft create kill switch for SolarWinds backdoor — Bleeping Computer

  • Microsoft, FireEye and GoDaddy have collaborated to create a kill switch for the SolarWinds Sunburst backdoor that forces the malware to terminate itself.

Little-Known SolarWinds Gets Scrutiny Over Hack, Stock Sales — Security Week

  • The revelation that elite cyber spies spent months exploiting SolarWinds’ software to peer into computer networks has put many of its high-profile customers on high alert — and it’s raising questions about whether company insiders knew of its security vulnerabilities as its biggest investors sold off stock.

Russia’s Hacking Frenzy Is a Reckoning — Wired

  • Despite years of warning, the U.S. still has no good answer for the sort of “supply chain” attack that has left Washington stunned.

Malicious Domain in SolarWinds Hack Turned into ‘Killswitch’ — Krebs on Security

  • A key malicious domain name used to control computer systems compromised via the months-long breach at SolarWinds was commandeered by security experts and used as a “killswitch” designed to turn the sprawling cybercrime operation against itself.

Schiff calls for ‘urgent’ work to defend nation in the wake of massive cyberattack — The Hill

  • House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., on Wednesday called on Congress to undertake “urgent work” to defend critical networks in the wake of a massive cyber espionage attack on the U.S. government.

FBI says DoppelPaymer ransomware gang is harassing victims who refuse to pay — ZDNet

  • FBI says the ransomware group has been calling victims and threatening to send individuals to their homes if they don’t pay the ransom.

“Evil mobile emulator farms” used to steal millions from US and EU banks — Ars Technica

  • Researchers from IBM Trusteer say they’ve uncovered a massive fraud operation that used a network of mobile device emulators to drain millions of dollars from online bank accounts in just days.

EU unveils revamp of cybersecurity rules days after hack — The Washington Times

  • The EU unveiled plans to revamp its dated cybersecurity rules, just days after data on a new coronavirus vaccine was unlawfully accessed in a hack attack on the European Medicines Agency.

45 million medical scans from hospitals all over the world left exposed online for anyone to view – some servers were laced with malware — The Register

  • CybelAngel, which sells a digital risk protection platform, reported not only was the sensitive personal information unsecured, but cybercriminals had also accessed those servers and poisoned them with apparent malware.

Microsoft: New malware can infect over 30K Windows PCs a day — Bleeping Computer

  • Microsoft has warned of an ongoing campaign pushing Adrozek, a new browser hijacking and credential-stealing malware which, at its peak, was able to take over more than 30,000 devices every day.

Massive Subway UK phishing attack is pushing TrickBot malware — Bleeping Computer

  • A massive phishing campaign pretending to be a Subway order confirmation has been spotted distributing the notorious TrickBot malware.

This new ransomware is growing in strength and could become a major threat warn researchers — ZDNet

  • The group behind MountLocker ransomware are “clearly just warming up,” researchers say.

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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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