Cybersecurity News & Trends – 01-15-21


This week, the U.S. cyber czar gets new powers, a video game giant gets breached, and Robinhood gets sued.

SonicWall in the News

Defending Against SolarWinds Attacks: What Can Be Done? — TechTarget: SearchSecurity

  • Dmitriy’s zero-trust commentary was included in this article on how zero-trust and behavioral monitoring can be useful against nation-state attacks like the SolarWinds attack.

Cybersecurity Sales: Do You Have What It Takes to Succeed — Help Net Security

  • An interview with Terry Geer-King on his career growth was shared on Help Net Security.

Industry News

CISA Warns Organizations About Attacks on Cloud Services — Security Week

  • In light of successful cyberattacks targeting organizations’ cloud services, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency has published a series of recommendations on how businesses can improve their cloud security.

Scam-as-a-Service operation made more than $6.5 million in 2020 — ZDNet

  • The “Classiscam” operation is made up of around 40 groups operating in the U.S. and across several European countries.

Iranian cyberspies behind major Christmas SMS spear-phishing campaign — ZDNet

  • Iranian hackers managed to successfully hide URLs to phishing sites behind legitimate links.

Hackers’ Attack on Email Security Company Raises New Red Flags — The New York Times

  • A breach at email security provider Mimecast underscores that Russia-linked hackers appear to have targeted victims along multiple avenues of attack.

Data Breach at ‘Resident Evil’ Gaming Company Widens — Threat Post

  • Capcom, the game developer behind Resident Evil, Street Fighter and Dark Stalkers, now says its recent attack compromised the personal data of up to 400,000 gamers.

Hacker sells Aurora Cannabis files stolen in Christmas cyberattack — Bleeping Computer

  • A hacker is selling data stolen from cannabis giant Aurora Cannabis after breaching their systems on Christmas.

State Department sets up new bureau for cybersecurity and emerging technologies — The Hill

  • The new Bureau of Cyberspace Security and Emerging Technologies (CSET) will help lead diplomatic efforts in cyberspace, including working to prevent cyber conflicts with potentially adversarial nations.

Ryuk gang estimated to have made more than $150 million from ransomware attacks — ZDNet

  • Most of the Ryuk gang’s “earnings” are being cashed out through accounts at crypto-exchanges Binance and Huobi.

Sealed U.S. Court Records Exposed in SolarWinds Breach — Krebs on Security

  • The ongoing SolarWinds breach may have jeopardized the privacy of countless sealed court documents on file with the U.S. federal court system, according to a memo.

Cyber czar to draw on new powers from defense bill — The Hill

  • New authorities from the recently enacted defense bill are expected to help the U.S. government in its response to the SolarWinds hack believed to be perpetrated by Russia.

Robinhood Hacking Victim Sues Trading Platform Over Security — Bloomberg

  • Siddharth Mehta said in a complaint provided by his lawyer that his account was looted of “tens of thousands of dollars” in July.

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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.