Cybersecurity News & Trends

This week, as lawmakers and researchers continued to unravel the details of the SolarWinds attack, another supply chain attack was uncovered — this time on PHP’s Git repository.


SonicWall in the News

Lacombe County fends off cyberattack — Red Deer Advocate

  • An attempted cyberattack on Lacombe County’s servers was ultimately prevented by the county’s SonicWall firewall.

2021 Partner Program Guide — CRN

  • SonicWall was recognized on a list of vendors who have 5-star channel partner programs.

SonicWall continues next-gen firewall refresh with NSa 3700 — Channelbuzz.ca

  • This article is about the new NSa 3700 firewall and next-gen upgrades from the March 25 launch, and features key quotes from Kayvon Sadeghi about the importance of this upgrade.

SonicWall expands its threat protection to protect heavily targeted sectors with the NSa 3700 — CRN India

  • This article is about the new NSa 3700 firewall and next-gen upgrades from the March 25 launch.

Leading Israeli IoT firm lands in US as worldwide malware attacks surge — ComputerWeekly

  • This article used data from SonicWall’s 2021 Cyber Threat Report to showcase the increase in malware and IoT attacks as the number of consumer-oriented IoT devices grows.

News Bits: SonicWall, Scality, Alluxio, Aerospike, Hammerspace, StarWind, Model9, & More — Storage Review

  • This article mentions the new NSa 3700 firewall and next-gen upgrades from the March 25 launch, and features key quotes from Kayvon Sadeghi about the importance of this upgrade.

2020 offered a ‘perfect storm’ for cybercriminals with ransomware attacks costing the industry $21B — Fierce Healthcare

  • This article used data from SonicWall’s 2021 Cyber Threat Report to showcase the increase in ransomware attacks on healthcare organizations.

Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) News: 25 March 2021 — MSSP Alert

  • This article mentions about the new NSa 3700 firewall and next-gen upgrades from the March 25 launch

SonicWall Announces Security Hardware and Software Upgrades — ChannelPro Network

  • This article is about the new NSa 3700 firewall and next-gen upgrades from the March 25 launch, and features key quotes from Kayvon Sadeghi about the importance of this upgrade.

Industry News

North Korean hackers return, target infosec researchers in new operation — Ars Technica

  • North Korean government-sponsored hackers are back, this time with a new batch of social media profiles and a fake company that claims to offer offensive security services.

Ransomware tops U.S. cyber priorities, Homeland secretary says — Reuters

  • DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said that dealing with ransomware will be a top priority, highlighting the growing threat of the data-scrambling software.

U.S. to publish details on suspected Russian hacking tools used in SolarWinds espionage — Cyberscoop

  • The upcoming report sheds light on a historic espionage campaign that U.S. officials have, at times, been cautious to publicly detail.

Ubiquiti confirms extortion attempt following security breach — Cyberscoop

  • Networking device maker Ubiquiti has confirmed that it was the target of an extortion attempt following a January security breach, as revealed by a whistleblower earlier this week.

Whistleblower: Ubiquiti Breach “Catastrophic” — Krebs on Security

  • On Jan. 11, Ubiquiti, Inc. — a major vendor of IoT devices such as routers, network video recorders and security cameras — disclosed that a breach involving a third-party cloud provider had exposed customer account credentials.

Cybercriminals Publish Data Allegedly Stolen From Shell, Multiple Universities — Bleeping Computer

  • The FIN11 hacking group has published files that were allegedly stolen from oil and gas giant Shell, likely during a cybersecurity incident involving Accellion’s File Transfer Appliance (FTA) file sharing service.

Australia investigates reported hacks aimed at parliament, media — Cyberscoop

  • An apparent cyber incident knocked Australia’s Parliament House’s email system offline just as Australia’s Channel Nine broadcasting was interrupted by hackers over the weekend.

And that’s yet another UK education body under attack from ransomware: Servers, email, phones yanked offline — The Register

  • The Harris Federation, a not-for-profit charity responsible for running 50 primary and secondary academies in London and Essex, has become the latest UK education body to fall victim to ransomware.

PHP’s Git server hacked to add backdoors to PHP source code — Cyberscoop

  • In the latest software supply chain attack, the official PHP Git repository was hacked and tampered with.

Ukraine Investigating Phishing Software Used to Target Banks — Bloomberg

  • Phishing software was used to attack hundreds of banks and their clients in 11 countries, including the U.K, the U.S. and Mexico, the country’s Office of the Prosecutor General said in a statement.

More Ransomware Gangs Targeting Vulnerable Exchange Servers — Security Week

  • The Black Kingdom/Pydomer ransomware operators have joined the ranks of threat actors targeting the Exchange Server vulnerabilities that Microsoft disclosed in early March.

Ransomware admin is refunding victims their ransom payments — Bleeping Computer

  • After recently announcing the end of the operation, the administrator of Ziggy ransomware is now stating that they will also give the money back.

FBI exposes weakness in Mamba ransomware, DiskCryptor — Bleeping Computer

  • An alert from the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation about Mamba ransomware reveals a weak spot in the encryption process that could help targeted organizations recover from the attack without paying the ransom.

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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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