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Cybersecurity News & Trends – 06-25-21


This week, attacks on the food and beverage industry, manufacturing plants and water facilities dominated the headlines.

SonicWall in the News

Sonicwall’s Platform Evolution Driving Record Demand as Organizations Embrace Boundless Cybersecurity Model to Fight Ransomware, Advanced Cyberattacks — Company Press Release

  • SonicWall is experiencing record growth across all segments. This growth is being accelerated by organizations’ critical need to protect against ransomware attacks, which are up 116% globally year-to-date through May 2021.

Businesses must bank on secure future — Financial Review

  • The issue was recently highlighted in SonicWall’s 2021 Cyber Threat report, which indicated ransomware attacks had increased by more than 60 percent globally.

As Ransomware Business Booms, Can Defenders Keep Up? — SDX Central

  • “The bombardment of ransomware attacks is forcing organizations into a constant state of defense, rather than an offensive stance,” SonicWall’s Bill Conner said.

Ransomware and hacking now bigger threat to UK businesses than hostile states — Payments Industry Intelligence

  • The number of incidents rose by more than 60% to 305 million in 2020, according to data from SonicWall.

Industry News

Tulsa warns of data breach after Conti ransomware leaks police citations — Bleeping Computer

  • The city of Tulsa, Okla., is warning residents that their personal data may have been exposed after a ransomware gang published police citations online.

ChaChi: a new GoLang Trojan used in attacks against US schools — ZDNet

  • The malware has found a role to play in ransomware strikes.

Clop ransomware is back in business after recent arrests — Bleeping Computer

  • After recent arrests, the Clop ransomware operation is back in business — and has begun listing new victims on their data leak site again.

Hackers are trying to attack big companies. Small suppliers are the weakest link — ZDNet

  • Defense companies are a prime target for cyber attackers, and the sometimes-poor security of SMBs in the supply chain could be giving them an easy way in, warn researchers.

Cyber agency says SolarWinds hack could have been deterred by simple security measures — The Hill

  • The SolarWinds hack, one of the largest cybersecurity incidents in U.S. history, may have been deterred or minimized if basic security measures had been put in place.

A plan to label companies vulnerable to hacking is set to spark debate on Capitol Hill — Cyberscoop

  • After decades of a largely hands-off approach, the notion of writing more cybersecurity regulations is gaining traction following the Colonial Pipeline and JBS ransomware incidents.

CISA doesn’t know how many US federal agencies use firewalls to fend off malicious traffic — Cyberscoop

  • The Department of Homeland Security’s top cybersecurity agency doesn’t know how many agencies are segmenting their networks from unwanted outside traffic, a basic security practice.

Would companies even abide by a ransomware payments ban? — SC Magazine

  • One of the most common (and controversial) suggestions to deal with the ransomware scourge is to ban the payment of ransoms. But for that to work, companies would need to abide by regulations and not pay.

Water Sector Security Report Released Just as Another Water Plant Hack Comes to Light — Security Week

  • The Water Sector Coordinating Council announced a new cybersecurity report focusing on water and wastewater utilities in the U.S., just as news broke that a threat actor in January attempted to poison a water facility.

Data Breaches Surge in Food & Beverage, Other Industries — Dark Reading

  • Six previously “under-attacked” vertical industries saw a surge in data breaches last year due to COVID-19 related disruptions and other factors.

One in Five Manufacturing Firms Targeted by Cyberattacks — Dark Reading

  • Information-stealing malware makes up about a third of attacks, a study finds, but companies worry most about ransomware shutting down production.

A deep dive into the operations of the LockBit ransomware group — ZDNet

  • Most victims are enterprises, and they’re expected to pay an average ransom of $85,000.

Newly discovered Vigilante malware outs software pirates and blocks them — Ars Technica

  • Most malware tries to steal stuff. Vigilante, by contrast, takes aim at piracy.

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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.