Cybersecurity News & Trends

This week Cozy Bear meddled in politics, REvil disrupted the global meat supply and schools fortified their defenses.


SonicWall in the News

Radio Interview with SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner — KRLD 
SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner discusses who is responsible for rising attacks on enterprises, governments and SMBs worldwide — and what’s to be done.

SonicWall, The Conference of Italian University Rectors to Collaborate on Cybersecurity Training, Research and Digital Innovation — FE News
SonicWall today announced its partnership with the Conference of Italian University Rectors (CRUI) to promote and enable mutual collaboration in research, development, transformation and digital innovation activities.


Industry News

Meat giant JBS now fully operational after ransomware attack — Bleeping Computer
JBS, the world’s largest beef producer, has confirmed that all its global facilities are fully operational and operate at normal capacity after the REvil ransomware attack that hit its systems last weekend.

Why One Hack on One Firm Can Shake Global Meat Supply — Bloomberg
In the last three years, a fire, a pandemic and now a cyberattack have disrupted the U.S. meat industry. Here’s how one hack impacts the global economy.

U.S. schools land IBM grants to protect themselves against ransomware — ZDNet
All U.S. K-12 public school districts were eligible to apply for the grants, designed to help school officials “proactively prepare for and respond to cyberattacks.”

U.S. seizes two domains used in cyberattacks that mimicked USAID communications — Reuters
The U.S. Justice Department said it had seized two Internet domains used in spear-phishing attacks mimicking email communications from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Cyber-Insurance Fuels Ransomware Payment Surge — Threat Post 
Companies relying on their cyber-insurance policies to pay off ransomware groups are being blamed for a recent uptick in ransomware attacks.

New breach from hackers behind SolarWinds ‘mostly unsuccessful,’ Microsoft says — The Washington Times 
Microsoft said the latest hack was largely unsuccessful, meaning Microsoft has not discovered a significant number of compromised organizations.

Swedish Health Agency shuts down SmiNet after hacking attempts — ZDNet
The Swedish Public Health Agency shut down SmiNet, the country’s infectious diseases database, after it was targeted in several hacking attempts.

Kenyan Arrested in Qatar First Targeted By Phishing Attack — Bloomberg
A Kenyan security guard writing compelling, anonymous accounts of being a low-paid worker there found himself targeted by a phishing attack that could have revealed his location just before his arrest, analysts say.

New Russian hacks spark calls for tougher Biden actions — The Hill
Officials are calling for harsher measures against Russia following reports that SolarWinds hackers were continuing to launch cyberattacks against U.S. government agencies and other organizations.

Interpol intercepts $83 million fighting financial cybercrime — Bleeping Computer
The International Criminal Police Organisation has intercepted $83 million belonging to victims of online financial crime from being transferred to the accounts of their attackers.

This Android trojan malware is using fake apps to infect smartphones, steal bank details — ZDNet
TeaBot malware tells victims they need to click a link because their phone is damaged with a virus  — then infects them via the link.

Pulse Secure VPN hacking also hit transportation, telecom firms, FireEye says — Cyberscoop
The U.S. government has also been affected.

Hong Kong recorded phishing surge in 2020 as scum sought to cash in on viral worries — The Register 
Criminals tried to exploit Hong Kong residents’ COVID-related anxiety, according to new security data released yesterday.

UF Health Florida hospitals back to pen and paper after cyberattack — Bleeping Computer
UF Health Central Florida has suffered a reported ransomware attack that forced two hospitals to shut down portions of their IT network.

Fujifilm confirms ransomware attack disrupted business operations — Bleeping Computer
Today, Japanese multinational conglomerate Fujifilm officially confirmed that they had suffered a ransomware attack earlier this week that disrupted business operations.

Cozy Bear revisits one of its greatest hits, researchers say: election skulduggery — Cyberscoop
The recent spearphishing campaign uses an election fraud document as a lure. The emails purport to be from the U.S. Agency for International Development, and have targeted government agencies, research institutions and nongovernmental organizations.


In Case You Missed It

SonicWall’s Bill Conner Talks Ransomware on the Radio — Lindsey Lockhart
Infiltrate, Adapt, Repeat: A Look at Tomorrow’s Malware Landscape — Brook Chelmo
Join us for the 2021 SonicWall Partner Virtual Roadshow — David Bankemper
Capture Client 3.6 Launch Brings Key Features — Brook Chelmo
Using Client VPN with Your Firewall for WFH: a Setup for Disaster? — Jean-Pier Talbot

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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