Cybersecurity News & Trends – 04-09-21


This week, educational institutions around the world found themselves the target of malware, as lawmakers faced pressure to increase protection for schools and universities.

SonicWall in the News

Keeping Tabs on IoT Security — Enterprise IT News

  • SonicWall Vice President of Regional Sales (APAC) Debasish Mukherjee was interviewed on the recent 2021 Cyber Threat Report.

Logically Buys MSSP Company, Sets Sights on $100M — TechTarget: SearchITChannel

  • This article mentions SonicWall’s strategic alliance with MSSP company Cerdant.

Industry News

European Institutions Were Targeted in a Cyberattack Last Week — Bloomberg

  • A spokesperson for the commission said that a number of EU bodies “experienced an IT security incident in their IT infrastructure.”

China Creates Its Own Digital Currency, a First for Major Economy — The Wall Street Journal

  • A cyber yuan stands to give Beijing power to track spending in real time. It also could soften the bite of U.S. sanctions.

US DoD Launches Vuln Disclosure Program for Contractor Networks — Security Week

  • The U.S. Department of Defense announced the launch of a new vulnerability disclosure program to identify vulnerabilities in Defense Industrial Base contractor networks.

Ransomware Hits TU Dublin and National College of Ireland — Bleeping Computer

  • The National College of Ireland is working on restoring IT services after being hit by a ransomware attack that forced the college to take IT systems offline.

FBI, CISA Warn Fortinet FortiOS Vulnerabilities Are Being Actively Exploited — ZDNet

  • APT groups are suspected of harnessing three bugs, two critical, for data exfiltration purposes.

University of California Victim of Ransomware Attack — The Hill

  • The university said in a statement that it — along with several other government agencies, private companies and other schools — has been involved in an attack involving Accellion, a secure file transfer company.

Malicious Cheats for Call of Duty: Warzone Are Circulating Online — Ars Technica

  • Activision said that a popular cheating site was circulating a fake cheat for “Call of Duty: Warzone” that contained a dropper, a type of backdoor that installs specific pieces of malware.

Malware Attack is Preventing Car Inspections in Eight U.S. States — Bleeping Computer

  • A malware attack on emissions testing company Applus Technologies is preventing vehicle inspections in Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Utah and Wisconsin.

As Ransomware Stalks the Manufacturing Sector, Victims Are Still Keeping Quiet — Cyberscoop

  • While competition from companies with cheap labor has long been an economic concern for U.S. manufacturers, cyberattacks have crept gradually into the equation.

Lawmakers Urge Education Department to Take Action to Defend Schools from Cyber Threats — The Washington Times

  • Representatives urged the Department of Education to prioritize protecting K-12 institutions from cyberattacks, which have shot up in the past year as classes moved increasingly online.

Feds Say Man Broke Into Public Water System and Shut Down Safety Processes — Ars Technica

  • The indictment underscores the potential for remote intrusions to have fatal consequences.

Ransomware Gang Wanted $40 Million in Florida Schools Cyberattack — Bleeping Computer

  • Fueled by large payments from victims, ransomware gangs have started to demand ridiculous ransoms from organizations that cannot afford them.

U.S. DOJ: Phishing Attacks Use Vaccine Surveys to Steal Personal Info — Bleeping Computer

  • The U.S. Department of Justice warned of phishing attacks using fake post-vaccine surveys to steal money or trick people into handing over their personal information.

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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.