Cyber Security News & Trends

This week, it’s National Selfie Day, Facebook launches its cryptocurrency, and, as predicted by SonicWall, ransomware is all over the news.


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National Selfie Day

  • June 21 is National Selfie Day and SonicWall staff around the world are taking part! Can you name all the locations?

Innovation Will Sharpen America’s Tech Edge, Federal Officials Say – NextGov

  • SonicWall CEO Bill Conner appeared at a Chertoff Group Security Series Event this week. Next Gov quotes his insight as they cover the full discussion between him, Christopher Krebs, director of the Homeland Security Department’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and Dimitri Kusnezov, Deputy Under Secretary for Artificial Intelligence & Technology, Department of Energy.

Latest Attack From TrickBot Malware Family Identified: SonicWall – CRN (India)

  • CRN follow up on the SonicWall Capture Labs Threat Research Team’s identification of a new variant of Trickbot malware. The modular structure on this malware allows it to freely add new functionalities without modifying the core bot. This story was also covered in Var India, DataQuest, NCN Online, Tech Herald, and CSO Forum.

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U.S. Lawmaker Calls for Facebook to Pause Cryptocurrency Project – Reuters

  • Amid comments that Facebook is “already too big and too powerful,” House Representative Maxine Waters is calling for Facebook to halt development on the Libra cryptocurrency until Congress and regulators can review the issue.

Hit by Ransomware Attack, Florida City Agrees to Pay Hackers – New York Times

  • The City Council of Riviera Beach unanimously agrees to have its insurance carrier pay 65 Bitcoin, about $592,000, to hackers after the city systems were caught by a ransomware attack three weeks previously.

Is AI Fundamental to the Future of Cybersecurity? – CSO Online

  • While traditional cybersecurity tools require some level of human interaction to keep them running and up-to date, CSO Online investigate the development and advancement of AI which may be able to develop and improve with little to no human involvement. They also predict that passwords will become obsolete if AI proves to be the more secure option.

U.S. Cities Are Under Attack From Ransomware — and It’s Going to Get Much Worse – Vice News

  • With Atlanta, Baltimore, and many smaller cities getting hurt by ransomware, Vice argues that ransomware attacks appear to be spiking right now due to increased focus on government targeting, and just how easy launching an attack has become.

Inside the FBI’s Fight Against Cybercrime – Dark Reading

  • Dark Reading conducts an interview with a member of one of the small FBI teams that are dedicated to fighting cybercrime. The agent discusses the difficulties of being heavily outnumbered by criminal actors, but also the surprisingly high level of successes that they have achieved – including defeating the massive Mirai DDoS-for-hire attacks

Desjardins, Canada’s Largest Credit Union, Announces Security Breach – ZDNet

  • Canada’s largest credit union announces that 2.9 million members had customer data – including names, date of birth, social insurance number, addresses and more – taken from its database by a now ex-employee. The Credit Union is currently working with law enforcement to investigate the breach.

Maryland Governor Signs Order to Boost Cybersecurity After Baltimore Ransomware Attack – The Hill

  • Responding to Baltimore’s recent ransomware woes, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signs an executive order establishing the “Maryland Cyber Defense Initiative” and creating a Chief Information Security Officer who will be charged with giving cybersecurity recommendations to the governor.

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This week, why businesses need layered cybersecurity, the “most dangerous hacking group” are eyeing up the US power grid, and inside the online leak of hours of sought-after Radiohead rehearsals.


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Technology Enablement Demands Layered Cyber-Security – SC Magazine

  • Writing in SC Magazine, SonicWall CEO Bill Conner explains why organizations need layered cybersecurity to keep up with modern cyberthreats. He warns that businesses cannot take their cyberdefenses for granted when criminals will use every available vector to launch an attack.

SonicWall Identifies TrickBot Malware, That Steals Customer’s Online Banking Information – CRN India

  • The SonicWall Capture Labs Threat Research Team recently released an update detailing a variant of the Trickbot malware family actively spreading across the internet. CRN India investigate the update.

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This “Most Dangerous” Hacking Group Is Now Probing Power Grids – ZDNet

  • A hacking group described as “the most dangerous threat” to industrial control systems has been has been detected probing US power grid cybersecurity. Known as Xenotime, the hackers previously launched a successful cyberattack on a petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia.

House Passes Bill to Establish DHS Cyber “First Responder” Teams – The Hill

  • New legislation has been passed in the US that aims to create “cyber incident response teams” – providing fast assistance to public or private organizations suffering from a breach or cyberattack.

Dark Web Becomes a Haven for Targeted Hits – Dark Reading

  • Almost half of Dark Web vendors sell targeted hacking services aimed at FTSE 100 and Fortune 500 businesses. Dark Reading investigates what is available to would-be cybercriminals and finds that access to corporate networks is sold openly and that malware prices range from $150 to $1500 depending on how sophisticated the request.

These are the worst hacks, cyberattacks, and data breaches of 2019 (so far) – ZDNet

  • As we reach the halfway point in the year, ZDNet take a look at what they consider the biggest cybercrime events of the year so far, including multiple medical breaches and a university that had 19 years of data stolen.

Lawmakers Demand Answers on Border Patrol Data Breach – The Hill

  • After hackers broke into a third-party border patrol database, lawmakers have been pushing hard to find out both what happened and how to prevent it from happening again. The breach resulted in the exposure of images of as many as 100,000 people entering and exiting the U.S. over the period of a month and a half.

This data-stealing malware has returned with new attacks and nasty upgraded features – ZDNet

  • The malware known as Scranos has upped its game after operators had their previous plans interrupted. Having updated their methods they have also taken time to add on a trojan and cryptojacker on top of their previous payload.

For Sale: Have I Been Pwned – Gizmodo

  • The owner behind the popular security website that lets people know if their details have been compromised is selling up. In a blog post he explained that the website has gone as far as it possibly can when only run by one person.

Radiohead Fans vs. Black-Market Sellers: The Battle to Leak the OK Computer Tapes – Pitchfork

  • After initial reports that minidiscs were being held to ransom, Pitchfork investigates the full story behind the leak of over 16 hours of rehearsals and demos, going deep into the world of online fandom.

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Cyber Security News & Trends

This week, there’s a new cybersecurity power couple as SonicWall and ADT announce a strategic partnership to protect SMBs, U.S. cities face a ransomware pandemic and the ‘invisible web’ is growing rapidly.


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ADT Selects SonicWall as Exclusive Provider of Managed Cybersecurity Service Offerings for SMBs – SonicWall

  • SonicWall and ADT announce a strategic partnership that provides an exclusive cybersecurity offering to better protect small- and medium-sized businesses (SMB) from the growing volume of cyberattacks.

ADT Teams Up with SonicWall for SMB Security Services – Dark Reading

  • SonicWall CEO Bill Conner explains why SonicWall was the logical choice for a new cybersecurity offering from ADT, a company best known or delivering physical security monitoring. The connection between the two companies dates back to ADT’s acquisition of Secure Designs, Inc (SDI), formerly an MSSP selling SonicWall SMB security products.

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Hackers Won’t Let Up in Their Attack on U.S. Cities – The Wall Street Journal

  • As Baltimore is still recovering a month after a devastating ransomware attack crippled the city’s infrastructure, the FBI is warning that this is not an isolated incident, calling the growing levels of ransomware attacks a “pandemic in the United States”.

Cyber-Thieves Turn to ‘Invisible Net’ to Set Up Attacks – BBC News

  • Gated chat forums, invitation-only communities and encrypted apps are the new communication channels of choice for cybercriminals to evade law enforcement agencies.

Hackers Steal $9.5 Million from GateHub Cryptocurrency Wallets – ZD Net

  • GateHub has released a preliminary statement confirming a security breach that has resulted in nearly $9.5 million stolen from the users of their cryptocurrency wallet service.

Hacking Diabetes: People Break into Insulin Pumps as an Alternative to Delayed Innovations – USA Today

  • Diabetes patients are jailbreaking their own insulin pumps, using instructions found online, in order to give their pumps the ability to self-adjust and remove the need for constant blood sugar monitoring.

LabCorp Data Breach Exposes Information of 7.7 Million Consumers – USA Today

  • A day after Quest Diagnostics announced 12 million patients were affected by a data breach, another medical testing company says its patients’ data was also compromised.

Hackers Can Now Bypass Two-Factor Authentication With a New Kind of Phishing Scam – Fortune

  • Two-factor authentication, the added security step that requires people enter a code sent to their phone or email, has traditionally worked to keep usernames and passwords safe from phishing attacks.

Baltimore Ransomware Attack: NSA Faces Questions – BBC

  • After a ransomware attack currently estimated to cost at least $18M Baltimore officials are questioning why the hacking vulnerability known as EternalBlue was not disclosed when discovered by the NSA years ago. The NSA are declining to comment on the issue.

New Zealand Budget Leak: ‘Hackers’ Had Simply Searched Treasury Website – The Guardian

  • After the embargoed New Zealand budget was leaked to the opposition National Party days before it was due to be released, officials were quick to call it a hack. However, it has now been found that the documents were searchable on the New Zealand treasury website.

HawkEye Malware Campaign Upticks on Business Users – SC Magazine

  • Hawkeye, a keylogger than has been around for six years, has seen a major increase in a campaign targeting business users worldwide.

Startups: Embrace Cybersecurity Priorities From Day One – Forbes

  • Forbes argues that cybersecurity in startups should not be considered an add-on or a luxury product and provide four cybersecurity priorities that a startup needs to think about from day one.

Emotet Made up 61% of Malicious Payloads in Q1 – Dark Reading

  • A new study has found that 61% of all malware payloads in the first quarter of 2019 contained the Emotet botnet.

Security Expert: Here’s How Driverless Cars Could Be Hacked – Yahoo! Finance

  • As cars modernize and driverless cars are becoming a reality it is fair to say that they are becoming more and more like a series of interconnected computers. Yahoo! Finance looks at where the security weakpoint in these computers might be found, how it could be targeted by hackers, and how the car industry is struggling to keep up with security requirements.

Nation-State Security: Private Sector Necessity – SecurityWeek

  • Attackers with the funding and technical support of nation-states are now targeting commercial entities and the obvious split between commercial and political cyberattacks is disappearing. SecurityWeek examine the current threat landscape, including the increasing number of organizations embracing “Zero Trust” security models where all environments are considered untrusted until proven otherwise. They then offer some advice on how to ensure your organization is ready for cyberattacks.

Microsoft Issues Second Warning About Patching BlueKeep as PoC Code Goes Public – ZDNet

  • Microsoft again warned users to ensure their patches are up to date to protect against the Bluekeep vulnerability – described as similar to the EternalBlue exploit – after a proof-of-concept attack appeared online. SonicWall provides protection against this threat.

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Cyber Security News & Trends

This week, Baltimore battles ransomware, IoT attacks are increasing, and the potential vulnerabilities in a driverless car are investigated.


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5 Steps to Robust Network Security – Business World (India)

  • IT security teams around the world are dealing with an ever-increasing level of complexity in the threat landscape. SonicWall’s Debasish Mukherjee argues that the best way to overcome these challenges is with a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity, he then recommends five steps to take in order to get there.

How to Mitigate the IoT Attacks That Are Increasing at 217.5% – IoT Agenda

  • Internet of Things (IoT) devices are expected to increase in number to 75.44 billion worldwide by 2025. Using the 2019 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report IoT Agenda explains why preventative measures need to be developed sooner rather than later.

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Baltimore Ransomware Attack: NSA Faces Questions – BBC

  • After a ransomware attack currently estimated to cost at least $18M Baltimore officials are questioning why the hacking vulnerability known as EternalBlue was not disclosed when discovered by the NSA years ago. The NSA are declining to comment on the issue.

New Zealand Budget Leak: ‘Hackers’ Had Simply Searched Treasury Website – The Guardian

  • After the embargoed New Zealand budget was leaked to the opposition National Party days before it was due to be released, officials were quick to call it a hack. However, it has now been found that the documents were searchable on the New Zealand treasury website.

HawkEye Malware Campaign Upticks on Business Users – SC Magazine

  • Hawkeye, a keylogger than has been around for six years, has seen a major increase in a campaign targeting business users worldwide.

Startups: Embrace Cybersecurity Priorities From Day One – Forbes

  • Forbes argues that cybersecurity in startups should not be considered an add-on or a luxury product and provide four cybersecurity priorities that a startup needs to think about from day one.

Emotet Made up 61% of Malicious Payloads in Q1 – Dark Reading

  • A new study has found that 61% of all malware payloads in the first quarter of 2019 contained the Emotet botnet.

Security Expert: Here’s How Driverless Cars Could Be Hacked – Yahoo! Finance

  • As cars modernize and driverless cars are becoming a reality it is fair to say that they are becoming more and more like a series of interconnected computers. Yahoo! Finance looks at where the security weakpoint in these computers might be found, how it could be targeted by hackers, and how the car industry is struggling to keep up with security requirements.

Nation-State Security: Private Sector Necessity – SecurityWeek

  • Attackers with the funding and technical support of nation-states are now targeting commercial entities and the obvious split between commercial and political cyberattacks is disappearing. SecurityWeek examine the current threat landscape, including the increasing number of organizations embracing “Zero Trust” security models where all environments are considered untrusted until proven otherwise. They then offer some advice on how to ensure your organization is ready for cyberattacks.

Microsoft Issues Second Warning About Patching BlueKeep as PoC Code Goes Public – ZDNet

  • Microsoft again warned users to ensure their patches are up to date to protect against the Bluekeep vulnerability – described as similar to the EternalBlue exploit – after a proof-of-concept attack appeared online. SonicWall provides protection against this threat.

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Cyber Security News & Trends

This week, the Zombieland vulnerability leads to a patching frenzy, a global cybercrime gang is shutdown, and a GDPR update.


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Intel MDS ‘Zombieload’ Vulnerability Software Patch List for MSSPs – MSSPAlert

  • “Zombieload” is a recently discovered vulnerability open to side-channel attacks that affects all Intel processors manufactured since 2011. MSSPAlert quote SonicWall CEO Bill Conner on how it could be used to “pick locks” in highly secure data centers. SonicWall RTDMI technology can discover and block side channel attacks in real-time.

Creating a Culture of Resilience – New Statesman (UK)

  • The New Statesman uses the 2019 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report to review the threat landscape and, noting how cybersecurity is often “bolted onto products as an afterthought,” explains how and why a culture of cyber resilience will have to be built.

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Russian Government Sites Leak Passport and Personal Data for 2.25 Million Users – ZDNet

  • An investigation into Russian government websites and user portals has found that over 2.25 million Russian citizens had their personal information, including insurance and passport details, left easily accessible online.

GDPR: Europe Counts 65,000 Data Breach Notifications so Far – BankInfoSecurity

  • European privacy authorities have received nearly 65,000 data breach notifications since the EU’s new privacy law went into full effect, with over $63 million in fines issued so far.

Rattled by Cyberattacks, Hospitals Push Device Makers to Improve Security – Wall Street Journal

  • Nervous U.S. hospitals are pressing medical-device makers to improve the cyberdefenses of internet-connected infusion pumps, biopsy imaging tables and other health-care products after being rattled by a rise in cyberattack reports in other hospitals.

Bluetooth Harvester Signals Hacking Group’s Growing Interest in Mobile – Ars Technica

  • ScarCruft, a Korean-speaking advanced persistent threat group, has launched a malware that steals Bluetooth-device information. It is likely that the malware is targeting intelligence and diplomatic agencies for political purposes.

Microsoft Warns Wormable Windows Bug Could Lead to Another WannaCry – Ars Technica

  • Microsoft is warning that the internet could see another exploit of the magnitude of WannaCry unless a high-severity vulnerability is patched. Such is the level of fear that patches for the no-longer supported Windows 2003 and XP have been issued. The vulnerability has not yet been exploited but, due to its low complexity, once the details are known an attack will likely be developed and launched very quickly.

Global Hackers Are Thwarted by FBI, Europe in $100 Million Heist – Bloomberg

  • U.S. and European law enforcement officials have dismantled a “highly specialized and international criminal network” in an operation that has been ongoing since 2016. The members of the group pooled their technical skills together online to craft and circulate malware that attempted to steal around $100 million from thousands of businesses.

Microsoft Office 365: Change These Settings or Risk Getting Hacked, Warns US Govt – ZDNet

  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has posted its advice for organizations using Microsoft Office 365. Its major request is that administrators at organizations turn on the many security features, like multi-factor authentication, that are not automatically enabled by default.

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Cyber Security News & Trends

This week, SonicWall CEO Bill Conner is interviewed by SC Magazine, a Zero-Day vulnerability travelled around the world without ever being disclosed publicly, and Facebook are working to prevent election meddling in Europe.


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In Focus: SonicWall CEO Bill Conner – SC Magazine

  • SonicWall CEO Bill Conner joins Illena Armstrong of SC Magazine in an exclusive video interview. They discuss what companies are missing in the global cyber arms race, the non-traditional points of entry where the threats are emerging and what steps an organization can take to secure its infrastructure.

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The Strange Journey of an NSA Zero-Day into Multiple Enemies’ Hands – Wired

  • Wired tell the story of an NSA-discovered zero-day vulnerability that made its way around the globe over several years; first intercepted by China, then stolen by hackers before being picked up by North Korea and Russia, all without being publicly disclosed.

Facebook Opens a Command Post to Thwart Election Meddling in Europe – New York Times

  • After the harsh criticism it faced following the 2016 US election Facebook has opened a “command post” in Ireland charged with preventing any meddling in the upcoming European election.

Hackers Steal Over $40 Million Worth of Bitcoin From One of the World’s Largest Cryptocurrency Exchanges – CNBC

  • Over $40 million worth of bitcoin has been stolen from Binance, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, in a “large scale security breach.” The well-organized attack managed to bypass the security checks and exited over 7,000 bitcoin, about 2% of total holdings.

Cybersecurity Jobs Abound. No Experience Required. – Wall Street Journal

  • Large tech companies are scrambling to hire hundreds of thousands of corporate hackers to defend their networks and data, pursuing workers without traditional four-year degrees or formal experience.

How to Close the Critical Cybersecurity Talent Gap – Dark Reading

  • “If we don’t change our ways, the gap will keep getting worse.” Dark Reading commentator Thomas Weithman calls for “outside-the-box thinking” to bridge the cybersecurity talent gap, suggesting introducing cybersecurity curriculum in K-12 courses and setting up programs to allow people in a similar industry to retrain.

Russian Cyberspies Are Using One Hell of a Clever Microsoft Exchange Backdoor – ZDNet

  • An email backdoor named LightNeuron that integrates directly with Microsoft Exchange is being called “one of the most complex backdoors ever spotted.” Despite being in use since 2014 it has avoided detection until very recently.

Amazon Hit by Extensive Fraud With Hackers Siphoning Merchant Funds – Bloomberg

  • A court filing has revealed that Amazon believes it was the victim of a “serious” online attack between May and October 2018. Hackers accessed around 100 seller accounts and funneled cash from loans or sales into their own bank accounts.

TRON Critical Security Flaw Could Break the Entire Blockchain – ZDNet

  • A critical vulnerability with a “high” severity rate has been found in the TRON network’s TRX cryptocurrency. If exploited the vulnerability could render the entire network unusable.

Without Strong Cybersecurity, Backdoors Will Remain Open – Silicon Republic

  • Former Europol Executive Director John O’Mahony is warning that not enough companies and individuals have “even adequate cybersecurity” in place to prevent bad actors exploiting backdoors in their networks.

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Cyber Security News & Trends

This week, SonicWall CEO Bill Conner is interviewed by on Federal Tech Talk, the potential of a 5G future is considered, and more details emerge about the Citrix data breach.


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Federal Tech Talk’ Hosts SonicWall CEO Bill Conner to Examine Cybercriminal Strategies that Threaten Federal Agencies – SonicWall Blog

  • SonicWall CEO Bill Conner joins John Gilroy on Federal Tech Talk, a radio show and podcast on the Federal News Network. They discuss emerging cyber threats including attacks over non-standard ports, encrypted threats and malicious PDFs and Office files.

SonicWall Reports Dramatic Rise in Fraudulent PDF Files in Q1 2019 – Tech Observer (India)

  • With SonicWall Capture Labs researchers releasing details on the growth of fraudulent PDFs and Office files, SonicWall’s Debasish Mukherjee talks to Tech Observer about how Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection (RTDMI) can detect new malware almost instantly.

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Cybersecurity: The Key Lessons of the Triton Malware Cyberattack You Need to Learn – ZDNet

  • The Triton malware attack of 2017 was unsuccessful but still managed to shut down industrial operations at a critical infrastructure firm in the Middle East. ZDNet explore how real-world physical security problems intersected with cyber security problems and allowed a cyberattack to go very far before being caught.

P2P Weakness Exposes Millions of IoT Devices – Krebs on Security

  • Peer-to-peer communications software iLnkP2P includes several critical security flaws that leaves millions of Webcams, baby monitors and more open to a cyberattack.

The Terrifying Potential of the 5G Network – The New Yorker

  • While some claim 5G technology will usher in a fourth industrial revolution, there’s a worry that such a huge change could have disastrous effects and policymakers may not be taking the cyber security concerns seriously enough.

“Denial of Service” Attack Caused Grid Cyber Disruption: DOE – E&E News

  • A “cyber event” interrupted power grid operations in the western United States on March 5 of this year. Initially details on what happened were scarce but it has now been confirmed that a denial-of-service (DDOS) attack occurred against an unnamed energy company.

Putin Signs Law to Isolate Russian Internet – Financial Times

  • Russian president Vladimir Putin signed a law that will allow the Kremlin to disconnect Russia from the global internet. Critics are casting it as an attempt to curb free speech or internal dissent within Russia, but the Kremlin says the law is a cyber security safeguard that would allow the Russian internet to continue running in the event of a hostile cyberattack on its infrastructure.

DC Metro Vulnerable to Cybersecurity Attacks, Says Inspector General – The Hill

  • The Washington D.C. Metro has vowed to hire experts to help with cyber security vulnerabilities present in its current systems.

Hackers Lurked in Citrix Systems for Six Months – ZDNet

  • The FBI has become involved in an ongoing investigation into an “intermittent” but long-lasting data breach at Citrix. Information on what data was accessed by hackers is not yet known but it is possible that the data stolen includes names, Social Security numbers, and financial information.

Financial Data for Multiple Companies Dumped Online in Failed Extortion Bid – Dark Reading

  • 516GBs of potentially sensitive stolen data was dumped online after German digital infrastructure service provider Citycopy refused to pay up in an attempted cyber-extortion attempt. The data dump has not been verified or fully examined yet, but the would-be extortionists claim it includes “financial and private information on all clients include VAG, Ericsson, Leica, MAN, Toshiba, UniCredit, and British Telecom (BT).”

Docker Hub Breach Hits 190,000 Accounts – SecurityWeek

  • Docker Hub, the world’s largest library and community for container images, suffered a data breach with 5% of users affected. Usernames and hashed passwords were accessible. Docker says the company breach has now been sealed and that they are working to ensure it cannot happen again.

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Cyber Security News & Trends

This week, SonicWall’s recent PDF and Office cyberattack findings back up investigative reporting, a “secure” WhatsApp replacement is anything but, and vulnerabilities in the Internet of Things continue to create headlines.


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The Growing Partnership Between Russia’s Government and Cybercriminals – 60 Minutes

  • In a new investigative report, CBS examines evidence of increasingly blurred lines between Russia intelligence agencies and the criminal exploits of notorious cybercriminals like Evgeniy Bogachev, better known as the hacker “slavik” and “lucky12345”. The report further supports SonicWall’s recent findings of escalating PDF and Office document-based attacks likely originating from Russia.

Cyber Threat Report: Over 10 Billion Attacks of Various Types Recorded in 2018 – Business Review

  • Business Review reflect on the figures from the 2019 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report and the recently revealed data on the rise of dangerous PDF files.

PDF: The Vehicle of Choice for Malware and Fraud – HelpNet Security


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How Nest, Designed to Keep Intruders out of People’s Homes, Effectively Allowed Hackers to Get In – Washington Post

  • Internet connected devices, like Google’s Nest family, struggle striking the right balance between making devices very secure and making them easy to use. If too much friction is put in place for security reasons, then brands risks turning potential users off.

FBI: Cybercriminals Set New Record in 2018 by Causing More Than $2.7 Billion in Reported Losses – Washington Times

  • The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center have released their annual report, detailing an almost doubling of financial losses caused by cybercrime in 2018.

Bug in French Government’s WhatsApp Replacement Let Anyone Join ÉLysée Chats – Ars Technica

  • A “secure” messaging app launched by the French government was hacked almost immediately upon release.

An Inside Look at How Credential Stuffing Operations Work – ZDNet

  • ZDNet dig deep into the world of cybercrime to explain how credential stuffing works, detailing both the tools and methods used, but also its place in the criminal economy.

Unauthorized Party Muscles Its Way Into Bodybuilding.Com’s Systems – SC Magazine

  • Bodybuilding.com revealed that it suffered a data breach in February 2019 leaving exposed a trove of data, including the real names, email addresses, physical addresses and phone numbers. Stored financial information beyond partial card numbers was not exposed.

Hacker Finds He Can Remotely Kill Car Engines After Breaking Into GPS Tracking Apps – Motherboard

  • A hacker broke into the accounts of thousands of GPS trackers and claims that “with one touch, I can stop these vehicles engines.” He says that he has carried out this hack to raise awareness of the poor security on the GPS apps.

Cybersecurity: UK Could Build an Automatic National Defence System, Says GCHQ Chief – ZDNet

  • Following a recent UK cybersecurity survey suggesting that only 15% of people say they know how to protect themselves online, the head of the GCHQ in the UK has called for cybersecurity responsibility not to be dependent on individuals but shared by governments, ISPs and businesses.

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Cyber Security News & Trends

This week, SonicWall CEO Bill Conner appears on the Chertoff Group podcast, our threat researchers release details on the dramatic rise in PDF-related cyberattacks, and there’s an ongoing legal fight over whether a cyberattack can be considered an act of war.


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SonicWall Detects, Reports Dramatic Rise in Fraudulent PDF Files in Q1 2019 – SonicWall Press Release

  • SonicWall Capture Labs threat researchers are reporting a substantial increase of fraudulent PDF files. The fraud campaign takes advantage of recipients’ trust in PDF files as a “safe” file format that is widely used and relied upon for business operations.

‘Chase & Capture’: The Chertoff Group Hosts SonicWall CEO Bill Conner on Latest Podcast – Podcast

  • SonicWall CEO Bill Conner speaks on the latest Chertoff Group Insights & Intelligence podcast, “Chase & Capture: Inside the Tactical Advances between Cybercriminals and the Security Industry.” He joins host Katie Montgomery to discuss the SonicWall 2019 Cyber Threat Report.

Of Billions and Trillions: Firewalls, Threats and Sonicwall’s Thriving Business – Sify Finance

  • With around one billion malware attacks detected a week, AI and machine learning are just part of how SonicWall are raising the cybersecurity bar – SonicWall’s Bob Vankirk and Debashish Mukherjee are interviewed by Sify Finance.

Old-school cruel: Dodgy PDF email attachments enjoying a renaissance – The Register (UK)

  • The Register investigates the findings of the SonicWall Capture Labs showing a substantial increase of fraudulent PDF files.

The State of Cyber Arms Race: Unmasking the Threats Coming in 2019 – SonicWall Webcast

  • SonicWall’s John Gordineer presents a Webinar sharing the findings of the 2019 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report and discusses and analyses what this intelligence tells us about the Cyber Arms Race.

Mar-a-Lago Malware Event: A Study in What NOT to do With Unknown USB Keys    – SonicWall Blog

  • Don’t plug it in. Critical advice from SonicWall’s Brook Chelmo on what to do, and what not to do, if you find a USB key lying around your workplace.

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Big Companies Thought Insurance Covered a Cyberattack. They May Be Wrong. – New York Times

  • Zurich Insurance have refused to pay out on a cyberattack insurance claim by Mondelez, citing a “war exemption.” Mondelez originally made the claim after losing business while infected by NotPetya ransomware but, after the United States government tied the NotPetya attack to the Kremlin, Zurich classified the cyberattack as collateral war damage. Mondelez are pursuing a case against Zurich Insurance in the courts.

Facebook Uploaded Email Contacts of 1.5m Users Without Consent – The Guardian

  • Facebook admitted to “unintentionally” uploading the address books of 1.5 million users without their consent, blaming a legacy verification program. They say they will delete the data and notify those affected.

Data on Thousands of Law Enforcement Personnel Exposed in Breach – Dark Reading

  • Hackers leaked personal information on the FBI, police officers, Secret Service and other federal employees after a breach of three websites associated with the FBI National Academy, a 501(c)(3) organization.

A Hacker Has Dumped Nearly One Billion User Records Over the Past Two Months – ZDNet

  • A hacker calling themselves Gnosticplayers has stolen and published almost a billion user records over the past two months. ZDNet investigates the hacker community, finding that some hackers are not only motivated by money but by fame and a desire to be remembered.

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This week, SonicWall named one of the 10 coolest IoT security vendors, Health Care has a huge cybersecurity problem, and LockerGoga is spreading fast.


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2019 Internet of Things 50: 10 Coolest IoT Security Vendors – CRN

  • CRN name SonicWall as one of the 10 coolest IoT security vendors of 2019.

A Closer Look at LockerGoga, the Ransomware Crippling Industrial Giants – Verdict (UK)

How K–12 Schools Can Use Next-Generation Content Filtering to Keep Students Safe – EdTech Magazine

  • EdTech magazine looks at the evolving content filtering services available for K-12 schools. With older services no longer supplying adequate security and often over-blocking content, they recommend modern granular tools like SonicWall’s Content Filtering Services (CFS) which allows multiple, customized policies and categories.

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Health Care’s Huge Cybersecurity Problem – The Verge

  • With health care increasingly relying on internet connected devices many hospitals simply do not have adequate cybersecurity plans in place. The Verge investigates the risks to the healthcare system posed by cyberattacks, including already successful implementations of WannaCry and NotPetya.

Yahoo Strikes $117.5 Million Data Breach Settlement After Earlier Accord Rejected – Reuters

  • Yahoo strikes a revised settlement with millions of people whose email addresses and other personal information were stolen in the largest data breach in history. The new settlement includes at least $55 million for victims’ out-of-pocket expenses and other costs, $24 million for two years of credit monitoring, up to $30 million for legal fees, and up to $8.5 million for other expenses.

Cybersecurity Testing Exercise for EU Elections – Government Europa

  • The European Parliament has deployed a series of cybersecurity tests in anticipation of the European elections in May aiming to test the efficacy of crisis response protocols and explore new ways of detecting and preventing online cyberattacks.

Largest Leak in History: Email Data Breach Exposes Over Two Billion Personal Records – CPO Magazine

  • Estimates for the volume of records exposed in the recent Verifications.io data breach have climbed from initial reports of 763 million records to a little over two billion records, setting a new world record.

Norsk Hydro Repairs Systems and Investigates After Ransomware Attack – Wall Street Journal

  • Norwegian aluminum and energy company Norsk Hydro confirmed a LockerGoga ransomware attack in March crippled the company’s global operations.

Dragonblood Vulnerabilities Disclosed in WiFi WPA3 Standard – ZDNet

  • The security researchers who previously disclosed the 2017 KRACK attack on the WiFi WPA2 standard have now released details on a group of vulnerabilities on WiFi WPA3, dubbing them “Dragonblood”.

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