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Cybersecurity News & Trends

This week attackers once again turned their attention to local government, resulting in several cities and municipal police departments reporting breaches.


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Raab set to reveal aggressive cyber-attacks targeting 80 UK schools and Universities in March — UK Tech News

  • Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab alerted the Cyber UK conference that 80 British schools and universities were hit by ransomware attacks in March, forcing them to delay reopening.
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Working from home is making companies rethink IT spending. Here’s how it’s changing — TechRepublic

  • Businesses are prioritizing their IT spending to focus on tech investments that support a ‘hybrid’ mix of working at home in the office, according to new research.

Deep Dive: Terry Greer-King, VP EMEA, SonicWall — Intelligent CISO

  • Terry Greer-King, SonicWall VP EMEA, highlights SonicWall’s Boundless Security and how it uses automated threat detection and response to help organizations protect themselves.
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We regret ‘creating problems’, say Colonial petroleum pipeline hackers — Financial Times

  • The DarkSide ransomware group has stated it is apolitical and only wanted to make money, according to the Financial Times

Catch Of The Week: Ransomware Shuts Down U.S. Pipeline — Los Alomas Daily Post

  • Colonial Pipeline, one of the top U.S. fuel pipeline operators, shut down its entire network after a ransomware attack, affecting the nearly half of the East Coast’s fuel supply.

The basics of backup: How to avoid disaster — Intelligent CISO

  • As the amount of data in existence surges, business leaders must ensure they have the correct processes in place to manage it and avoid data loss.

Industry News

After Colonial Pipeline hack, lawmakers want more action on pipeline security — Cyberscoop

  • A two-year-old federal pipeline initiative has shown promise, but more needs to be done, lawmakers say.

Despite Heightened Breach Fears, Incident Response Capabilities Lag — Dark Reading

  • Many organizations remain unprepared to detect, respond to and contain a breach, a new survey shows.

Biden signs executive order to improve federal cybersecurity — The Hill

  • President Biden signed an executive order aimed at improving federal cybersecurity on the heels of multiple major and damaging cyberattacks, including the one on the Colonial Pipeline.

Global cybersecurity leaders say they feel unprepared for attack: report — The Hill

  • A majority of global CISOs surveyed said they feel their organizations are unprepared to face a cyberattack, despite many believing they will face an attack in the next year.

South Korea orders urgent review of energy infrastructure cybersecurity — The Register

  • The review was spurred by the Colonial Pipeline outage, which stressed the fuel supply of the U.S. East Coast.

FBI, CISA publish alert on DarkSide ransomware — ZDNet

  • The advisory deals with ransomware-as-a-service, thrust into the spotlight by the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack.

Ransomware crooks post cops’ psych evaluations after talks with DC police stall — Ars Technica

  • A ransomware gang that hacked the District of Columbia’s Metropolitan Police Department has posted personnel records for almost two dozen officers, including psychological assessments and polygraph tests; driver’s license images; fingerprints; social security numbers; dates of birth; and residential, financial, and marriage histories.

Experts suggest French insurer AXA’s plan to shun ransomware payouts will set a precedent — Cyberscoop

  • While some say they’re surprised it hasn’t happened sooner, others are wondering how long it will take for the rest of the industry to follow suit.

Adobe: Windows Users Hit by PDF Reader Zero-Day — Security Week

  • Adobe on Tuesday warned that a gaping security hole in Adobe Reader, one of the most widely deployed software products, has been exploited in the wild in “limited attacks.”

City of Tulsa’s online services disrupted in ransomware incident — Bleeping Computer

  • The city of Tulsa, Okla., has suffered a ransomware attack that forced the city to shut down its systems to prevent further spread.

City of Chicago Hit by Data Breach at Law Firm Jones Day — Security Week

  • The city of Chicago on Friday said that employee emails were compromised in a Jones Day data breach involving Accellion’s FTA file sharing service.

Ransomware gangs get more aggressive against law enforcement — The Washington Times

  • Criminal hackers are increasingly using brazen methods to increase pressure on law-enforcement agencies to pay ransoms, including leaking or threatening to leak highly sensitive and potentially life-threatening information.

The Colonial Pipeline Hack Is a New Extreme for Ransomware — Wired

  • Profit-focused cybercriminal hackers have inflicted a disruption that military and intelligence agency hackers have never dared to, shutting down a pipeline that carries nearly half the fuel consumed on the East Coast of the United States.

DHS to hire 200 more cyber pros as Biden administration grapples with hacking threats — Cyberscoop

  • It’s part of “the most significant hiring initiative” the department has ever undertaken, according to Alejandro Mayorkas.

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Cybersecurity News & Trends

This week’s news was full of attacks on government — including the Alaskan state government, the Belgian federal government and the U.S. Agency for Global Media.


SonicWall in the News

SonicWall capture ATP aces latest ICSA Lab test, finds more malware — The Evolving Enterprise

  • After 35 days of testing and 1,741 total tests, the multi-engine SonicWall Capture ATP sandbox service with RTDMI received a perfect score in the latest ICSA Labs Advanced Threat Defense test.

Video: 10 Minute IT Jams – SonicWall manager dissects zero trust security — Security Brief Asia

  • SonicWall Head of Presales for APAC Yuvraj Pradhan discusses the importance of zero-trust and its role in the future of cybersecurity.

Industry News

Belgian government, parliament, colleges hit by cyberattack — The Washington Times

  • The company providing internet services for Belgium’s parliament, government agencies, universities and scientific institutions announced that its network was under cyberattack.

CISA used new subpoena power to contact US companies vulnerable to hacking — Cyberscoop

  • The Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity agency used a new subpoena power for the first time to contact at least one U.S. internet service provider with customers whose software is vulnerable to hacking.

New Spectre attack once again sends Intel and AMD scrambling for a fix — Ars Technica

  • A new transient execution variant is the first exploit micro-ops caches.

Panda Stealer dropped in Excel files, spreads through Discord to steal user cryptocurrency — ZDNet

  • The malware hones in on cryptocurrency funds as well as VPN credentials.

U.S. Agency for Global Media data breach caused by a phishing attack — Bleeping Computer

  • The U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) has disclosed a data breach that exposed the personal information of current and former employees and their beneficiaries.

Alaska Court System briefly forced offline amid cyber threat — The Washington Times

  • The Alaska court system has temporarily disconnected most of its operations from the internet after a cybersecurity threat on Saturday, including attacks on its website and the removal of the ability to look up court records.

TurgenSec finds 345,000 files from Filipino solicitor-general’s office were breached — ZDNet

  • Sensitive documents from the solicitor-general of the Philippines, including information on ongoing legal cases and passwords, were breached and made publicly available online, a UK security firm has said.

Digital Dollar Project to launch five U.S. central bank digital currency pilots — The Wall Street Journal

  • The U.S. nonprofit Digital Dollar Project said on Monday it will launch five pilot programs over the next 12 months to test the potential uses of a U.S. central bank digital currency, the first effort of its kind in the United States.

NSA Issues Guidance on Securing IT-OT Connectivity — Security Week

  • The NSA’s advisory, “Stop Malicious Cyber Activity Against Connected Operational Technology,” addresses the Department of Defense, national security system and defense industrial base organizations — but the recommendations can be useful to any industrial company.

Pulse Secure fixes VPN zero-day used to hack high-value targets — Bleeping Computer

  • Pulse Secure has fixed a zero-day vulnerability in the Pulse Connect Secure (PCS) SSL VPN appliance that is being actively exploited to compromise the internal networks of defense firms and government agencies.

New Buer Malware Downloader Rewritten in E-Z Rust Language — Threat Post

  • It’s coming in emails disguised as DHL Support shipping notices and is apparently getting prepped for leasing on the underground.

Codecov starts notifying customers affected by supply-chain attack — Cyberscoop

  • Codecov has started notifying the maintainers of software repositories, via both email and the Codecov application interface, that the company believes the affected repositories were downloaded by threat actors.

US prosecutors fine German software company for violating sanctions against Iran — The Hill

  • Software giant SAP SE agreed to pay over $8 million as part of the resolution with the Department of Justice, Commerce Department and Treasury Department, authorities said.

Researchers find two dozen bugs in software used in medical and industrial devices — Cyberscoop

  • Microsoft researchers have discovered some two dozen vulnerabilities in software embedded in popular medical and industrial devices that an attacker could use to breach those devices, and in some cases cause them to crash.

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Cybersecurity News & Trends

This week, attacks by cybercriminals in Russia and China made headlines — and the U.S. government is mobilizing to fight back.


SonicWall in the News

‘A Perfect Score’: SonicWall Capture ATP Aces Latest ICSA Lab Test, Finds More ‘Never-Before-Seen’ Malware Than Ever — Company Press Release

  • SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) sandbox service with Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection™ (RTDMI) received a perfect score in the latest ICSA Labs Advanced Threat Defense test for Q1 2021.

Industry News

Here’s what Russia’s SVR spy agency does when it breaks into your network, says U.S. CISA infosec agency — The Register

  • Following attribution of the SolarWinds supply chain attack to Russia’s APT29/Cozy Bear, the U.S. CISA infosec agency has published a list of the spies’ known tactics.

Ransomware crooks threaten to ID informants if cops don’t pay up — Ars Technica

  • Ransomware operators have delivered a stunning ultimatum to Washington, D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department: pay them $50 million, or they’ll leak the identities of confidential informants to street gangs.

Navy SEALs to Shift From Counterterrorism to Global Threats — Security Week

  • U.S. Navy SEALs are undergoing a major transition to improve leadership and expand their commando capabilities to battle threats from global powers like China and Russia.

Cyberspies target military organizations with new Nebulae backdoor — Bleeping Computer

  • A Chinese-speaking threat actor has deployed a new backdoor in multiple cyber-espionage operations, spanning roughly two years and targeting military organizations from Southeast Asia.

Suspected Chinese hackers are breaking into nearby military targets — Cyberscoop

  • The suspected PLA hackers are back in action.

Microsoft Weighs Revamping Flaw Disclosures After Suspected Leak — Bloomberg

  • Microsoft Corp. may revise a program that shares coding flaws in its products with other companies after a sprawling cyberattack against thousands of Microsoft Exchange email clients.

U.S. warns of Russian state hackers still targeting U.S., foreign orgs — Bleeping Computer

  • The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency warned of continued attacks by Russian-backed APT 29 hacking group against U.S. and foreign organizations.

Law enforcement delivers final blow to Emotet — Cyberscoop

  • Law-enforcement officials are sending a specially crafted file to infected machines.

Selling of Mobile Phone Data Presents Security Risk for U.S. Armed Forces — The Wall Street Journal

  • Apps show troop movements buried in data available for purchase: a “major risk to national security.”

Ransomware’s perfect target: Why one industry needs to improve cybersecurity, before it’s too late — ZDNet

  • Dependencies on just-in-time supply chains and sometimes out-of-date technology make shipping and logistics an ever-more-tempting target for cybercriminals.

Apple’s ransomware mess is the future of online extortion — Ars Technica

  • Hackers want $50 million in exchange for not releasing schematics they stole from an Apple supplier.

China could ‘control the global operating system’ of tech, warns UK spy chief — ZDNet

  • The head of the UK’s intelligence service warns that the West must be prepared to face a world where technology is developed and controlled by states with “illiberal values.”

New cryptomining malware builds an army of Windows, Linux bots — Bleeping Computer

  • A recently discovered cryptomining botnet is actively scanning for vulnerable Windows and Linux enterprise servers and infecting them with Monero (XMRig) miner and self-spreader malware payloads.

ToxicEye: Trojan abuses Telegram platform to steal your data — ZDNet

  • This recently discovered RAT is using bots to propagate across Telegram channels.

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Cybersecurity News & Trends

This week hackers ramped up attacks on office workers, with malicious emails impersonating Slack, BaseCamp and Bloomberg Industry Group.


SonicWall in the News

The 8 Best Wireless Routers for Business in 2021 — Solutions Review

  • SonicWall SOHO 250 was included on Solutions Review’s (alphabetically organized) list of the top wireless routers of 2021.

Higher the Factors, Stronger the Security — Security MEA

  • Mohamed Abdallah, SonicWall regional director for MEA, explores the importance of multi-factor authentication.

Saudi GDP Can Spike Automation — Khaleej Times

  • Mohamed Abdallah, SonicWall regional director for MEA, discusses digital transformation initiatives in Saudi Arabia and the need for intelligent automation deployments.

Industry News

Apple Targeted in $50 Million Ransomware Hack of Supplier Quanta — Bloomberg

  • The REvil ransomware group is threatening Apple after one of its key MacBook suppliers, Quanta, allegedly refused to pay a $50 million ransom.

Hackers pose as Bloomberg employees in email scam — Cyberscoop

  • The ruse seeks to capitalize on the influence of Bloomberg Industry Group, whose analysis major corporations use to track markets.

Japan says Chinese military likely behind cyberattacks — The Washington Times

  • Tokyo police are investigating cyberattacks on about 200 Japanese companies and research organizations, including the country’s space agency, by a hacking group believed to be linked to the Chinese military.

US takes steps to protect electric system from cyberattacks — The Washington Times

  • The initiative encourages power plants and electric utilities to improve their ability to identify cyber threats, including implementing technologies to spot and respond to intrusions in real time.

Fake Microsoft Store, Spotify sites spread info-stealing malware — Bleeping Computer

  • Sites that impersonate the Microsoft Store, Spotify, and an online document converter are using malware to steal credit cards and passwords saved in web browsers.

Millions of web surfers are being targeted by a single malvertising group — Ars Technica

  • Hackers have compromised more than 120 ad servers over the past year in an ongoing campaign that displays malicious advertisements on sites that seem completely benign.

Discord Nitro gift codes now demanded as ransomware payments — Bleeping Computer

  • A new ransomware calling itself “NitroRansomware” encrypts victims’ files and then demands a Discord Nitro gift code in exchange for decryption.

Ryuk ransomware operation updates hacking techniques — Bleeping Computer

  • Recent attacks from Ryuk ransomware operators show that the actors have a new preference when it comes to gaining initial access to the victim network.

BazarLoader Malware Abuses Slack, BaseCamp Cloud — Threat Post

  • The BazarLoader malware’s email messages leverage worker trust in collaboration tools like Slack and BaseCamp to get them to click links containing malware payloads.

Did Someone at the Commerce Dept. Find a SolarWinds Backdoor in Aug. 2020? — Krebs on Security

  • On Aug. 13, 2020, someone uploaded a suspected malicious file to VirusTotal, a service that scans submitted files against more than five dozen antivirus and security products. Last month, Microsoft and FireEye identified that file as a newly discovered fourth malware backdoor used in the sprawling SolarWinds supply-chain hack.

Cyberattack on UK university knocks out online learning, Teams and Zoom — ZDNet

  • The attack cancelled all live online teaching for the rest of the week.

How the Kremlin Provides a Safe Harbor for Ransomware — Security Week

  • Ransomware is crippling local governments, hospitals, school districts and businesses by scrambling their data files until they pay up — and law enforcement has been largely powerless to stop it.

Swinburne University confirms over 5,000 individuals affected in data breach— ZDNet

  • The university confirmed the personal information included in the breach contained names, email addresses and phone numbers of staff, students and external parties.

HackBoss malware poses as hacker tools on Telegram to steal digital coins — Bleeping Computer

  • The authors of a cryptocurrency-stealing malware are distributing it over Telegram to aspiring cybercriminals under the guise of free malicious applications.

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Cybersecurity News & Trends

This week utilities were under attack, as an Iran nuclear plant and a Kansas water facility both faced sabotage attempts.


SonicWall in the News

Internet of Things Malware Attacks Increase by 152% in North America in 2020, Other Continents also Witness a Significant Spike — Digital Information World

  • This article features data from SonicWall’s recent 2021 Cyber Threat Report, with a focus on the increase in IoT and malware attacks.

Video: 10 Minute IT Jams – SonicWall VP on the cybersecurity lessons learned from the last 12 months — Security Brief Asia

  • SonicWall’s vice president of regional sales – APAC, Debasish Mukherjee, discusses cybersecurity lessons learned from the pandemic.

Why some jobseekers have turned to cyber crime during the pandemic — ComputerWeekly

  • ComputerWeekly spoke with SonicWall EMEA Vice-President Terry Greer-King about cybercriminal activity during the pandemic.

‘Boundless Cybersecurity’: How SonicWall is helping to uncover unknown threats — Intelligent CISO

  • Intelligent CISO interviewed Osca St. Marthe, SonicWall’s executive director of sales engineering for EMEA, about the company’s boundless security model.

Remote Work Sparking Rise in Cybersecurity Threats, HTSA Told — Consumer Electronics Daily

  • SonicWall Solutions Architect Rick Meder was quoted in reference to the 2021 Cyber Threat Report.

Industry News

U.S. House committee approves blueprint for Big Tech crackdown — Reuters

  • The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee has formally approved a report accusing Big Tech companies of buying or crushing smaller firms, Rep. David Cicilline’s (D-R.I.) office said in a statement Thursday.

NSA, FBI, DHS expose Russian intelligence hacking tradecraft — Cyberscoop

  • The U.S. government warned the private sector that Russian government hackers are actively exploiting vulnerabilities to target U.S. companies and the defense industrial base.

NBA’s Houston Rockets Face Cyber-Attack by Ransomware Group — Bloomberg

  • The NBA’s Houston Rockets are investigating a cyberattack against their networks from a relatively new ransomware group claiming to have stolen internal business data.

 IBM Uncovers More Attacks Against COVID-19 Vaccine Supply Chain — Bloomberg

  • A hacking campaign detected by IBM last year targeting organizations involved in the manufacturing, transportation and storage of COVID-19 vaccines is now thought to have targeted more than 40 companies in 14 countries.

Iran nuclear attack: Mystery surrounds nuclear sabotage at Natanz — BBC

  • Within hours of Iran proudly announcing the launch of its latest centrifuges at its site in Natanz, a power blackout damaged some of the machines.

Bitcoin hits record before landmark Coinbase listing on Nasdaq — Reuters

  • Bitcoin hit a record of $62,741 on Tuesday, extending its 2021 rally to new heights a day before the listing of Coinbase shares in the U.S.

100M More IoT Devices Are Exposed—and They Won’t Be the Last — Wired

  • The “Name: Wreck” flaws in TCP/IP are the latest in a series of vulnerabilities with global implications.

QBot malware is back replacing IcedID in malspam campaigns — Bleeping Computer

  • Malware distributors are rotating payloads once again, switching between trojans that in many cases serve as an intermediary stage in a longer infection chain.

Cybersecurity: Victims are spotting cyberattacks much more quickly – but there’s a catch — ZDNet

  • Cybercriminals are spending less time inside networks before they’re discovered. But that’s partly because when hackers deploy ransomware, they don’t stay hidden for long.

Small Kansas water utility system hacking highlights risks — The Washington Times

  • A former Kansas utility worker has been charged with remotely tampering with a public water system’s cleaning procedures, highlighting the difficulty smaller utilities face in protecting against hackers.

Biden budget request calls for major investments in cybersecurity, emerging technologies — The Hill

  • President Biden called for over $1.3 billion in cybersecurity funds, along with major investments in emerging technologies such as quantum computing and artificial intelligence, as part of his proposed budget request sent to Congress.

Financial industry preps for proposal that would require 36-hour breach notification — Cyberscoop

  • A proposal would mandate that financial firms report more kinds of cyber incidents to regulators within 36 hours.

Joker malware infects over 500,000 Huawei Android devices — Bleeping Computer

  • More than 500,000 Huawei users have downloaded from the company’s official Android store applications infected with Joker malware that subscribes to premium mobile services.

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Cybersecurity News & Trends

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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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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Cybersecurity News & Trends

This week — with higher education institutions and electricity companies on high alert, and with the Microsoft Exchange server crisis raging on — it’s no wonder 82% say cyberterrorism is America’s top potential threat.


SonicWall in the News

IoT malware attacks saw a huge rise last year — Techradar

  • As the number of consumer-oriented IoT devices grows, data from SonicWall’s 2021 Cyber Threat Report suggests, IoT malware has been on the rise.

Phishing Email Warning Shows Cybercriminals Seizing on Tax Filing Delay, Vaccine Rollout Gallery — Channel Futures

  • Dmitriy Ayrapetov explains how bad actors are targeting vaccine distribution and takes a closer look at the threats caused by the remote workforce.

ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup For the Week of March 15 — ChannelPro Network

  • SonicWall’s 2021 Cyber Threat Report was included in ChannelPro Network’s weekly news roundup.

India Saw Largest Spike In Malware Attacks In 2020: Report — ET CISO

A Pandemic Of Email Scams — Financial Times

  • SonicWall recently reported a 62% increase in ransomware attacks last year and a 74% increase in malware variants.

New SonicWall 2020 Research Shows Cyber Arms Race At Tipping Point — CIO Review India

  • This article spotlights SonicWall’s 2021 Cyber Threat Report.

Industry News

Lawmakers reintroduce legislation to secure internet-connected devices — The Hill

  • The Cyber Shield Act would create a voluntary cybersecurity certification program for IoT devices.

Ransomware operators are piling on already hacked Exchange servers — Ars Technica

  • The fallout from the Microsoft Exchange server crisis isn’t abating just yet.

Purple Fox Malware Targets Windows Machines With New Worm Capabilities — Threat Post

  • A new infection vector from the established malware puts internet-facing Windows systems at risk from SMB password brute-forcing.

Thousands of Exchange servers breached prior to patching, CISA boss says — Cyberscoop

  • A U.S. government cybersecurity official has warned organizations not to have a false sense of security when it comes to vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange Server software, noting that “thousands” of computer servers with updated software had already been breached.

Covid-19: Vaccines and vaccine passports being sold on darknet — BBC

  • Researchers say they have seen a “sharp increase” in vaccine-related darknet adverts, while the BBC has been unable to determine whether the vaccines being sold there are real.

UK colleges and unis urged to prepare for ransomware before it’s too late — The Register

  • There’s been an uptick in attacks since schools reopened, warns National Cyber Security Centre

Electricity Distribution Systems at Increasing Risk of Cyberattacks, GAO Warns — Security Week

  • A newly published report form the U.S. Government Accountability Office describes the risks of cyberattacks on the electricity grid’s distribution systems, along with the scale of the potential impact of such attacks.

8 in 10 say cyberterrorism is top potential threat: Gallup — The Hill

  • According to the survey, 82% of respondents said cyberterrorism is a critical threat to the U.S.

TikTok Doesn’t Pose Overt U.S. National Security Threat, Researchers Say — The New York Times

  • A new study by university cybersecurity researchers found that the computer code underlying the TikTok app doesn’t pose an overt national security threat to the U.S.

Acer reportedly targeted with $50 million ransomware attack — ZDNet

  • The REvil ransomware gang has published various Acer documents, such as financial spreadsheets, bank balances and bank communications.

FBI warns of BEC attacks increasingly targeting US govt orgs — Bleeping Computer

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning U.S. private sector companies about an increase in business email compromise (BEC) attacks targeting state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) government entities.

Microsoft Defender Antivirus now automatically mitigates Exchange Server vulnerabilities — ZDNet

  • Mitigation fixes will be applied automatically in a renewed effort by Microsoft to contain security incidents caused by the bugs.

SolarWinds-linked hacking group SilverFish abuses enterprise victims for sandbox tests — ZDNet

  • Existing victim networks are used as a novel form of sandbox, as cybercriminals exploit them to test out payloads.

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Cybersecurity News & Trends

This week, SonicWall released its biggest trove of threat intelligence yet: The 2021 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report.


SonicWall in the News

Microsoft Office Files Now Used By Hackers to Spread Malware: IoT Under Attack — Tech Times

  • Tech Times covered SonicWall’s 2021 Cyber Threat Report, highlighting the surge in malicious Office file attacks.

Election security report calls out Russian, Iranian influence ops. Remediation progress. Ukraine finds Russian cyberespionage — CyberWire

  • SonicWall’s 2021 Cyber Threat Report was included under the “Cyber Trends” section of the newsletter.

Threat Actors Thriving on the Fear and Uncertainty of Remote Workforces — Help Net Security

  • Help Net Security shared an article on SonicWall’s 2021 Threat Report, highlighting that cyber criminals preyed on the new remote work reality.

Ransomware Up 62 Percent Since 2019 — BetaNews

  • BetaNews shared an article on SonicWall’s 2021 Threat Report, highlighting the growth in ransomware.

New SonicWall 2020 Research Shows Cyber Arms Race At Tipping Point — CRN

  • This article features the findings from SonicWall’s 2021 Cyber Threat Report.

SonicWall: Pandemic exposes record-breaking cyber attacks — Mobile News

  • This article features the findings from SonicWall’s 2021 Cyber Threat Report.

Ransomware and IoT Malware Detections Surge By Over 60% — InfoSecurity Magazine

  • InfoSecurity Magazine covered SonicWall’s 2021 Cyber Threat Report, highlighting the double-digit surge in ransomware and IoT malware.

Cybercrime Saw an ‘Explosion’ in 2020 — ITProPortal

  • ITProPortal covered SonicWall’s 2021 Cyber Threat Report, highlighting that ransomware, cryptojacking and malicious Office files were the most popular vectors for cybercrime in 2020.

ChannelPro Weekly Podcast: Episode #178 — ChannelPro Weekly Podcast

  • This podcast features an interview with Dmitriy discussing the impact the pandemic had on cybersecurity and the cybersecurity trends of 2021.

Industry News

More than $4 billion in cybercrime losses reported to FBI in 2020 — FBI Internet Crime Report 2021

  • American victims reported $4.2 billion in losses as a result of cybercrime and internet fraud to the FBI in 2020, a roughly 20% uptick from 2019.

Attackers are trying awfully hard to backdoor iOS developers’ Macs — Ars Technica

  • Researchers said they’ve found a trojanized code library in the wild that attempts to install advanced surveillance malware on the Macs of iOS software developers.

Ransom Payments Have Nearly Tripled — Dark Reading

  • In 2020, ransomware targeted the manufacturing sector, healthcare organizations and construction companies, with the average ransom reaching $312,000, a report finds.

U.S. taxpayers targeted with RAT malware in ongoing phishing attacks — Bleeping Computer

  • U.S. taxpayers are being targeted by phishing attacks attempting to take over their computers using malware and steal sensitive personal and financial information.

$4,000 COVID-19 ‘Relief Checks’ Cloak Dridex Malware — Threat Post

  • The American Rescue Act is the latest zeitgeisty lure being circulated in an email campaign.

Mimecast Says SolarWinds Hackers Stole Source Code — SecurityWeek

  • Email security company Mimecast on Tuesday said it completed its forensic investigation into the impact of the SolarWinds supply chain attack and revealed that the threat actor managed to steal some source code.

Buffalo Public Schools cancels classes after cyberattack — Cyberscoop

  • Ransomware attackers appear to have taken a swipe at Buffalo Public Schools in recent days, screeching the school system’s plans for remote classes and in-person learning to a halt on Friday.

FBI warns of escalating Pysa ransomware attacks on education orgs — Bleeping Computer

  • The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Cyber Division has warned system administrators and cybersecurity professionals of increased Pysa ransomware activity targeting educational institutions.

Bitcoin surges past $60,000 for first time — BBC

  • Bitcoin, which has more than tripled in value since the end of last year, has been powered on by well-known companies adopting it as a method of payment.

Exclusive: Microsoft could reap more than $150 million in new U.S. cyber spending, upsetting some lawmakers — Reuters

  • Microsoft stands to receive nearly a quarter of COVID-19 relief funds destined for U.S. cybersecurity defenders, angering some lawmakers who don’t want to increase funding for a company whose software was recently at the heart of two big hacks.

Molson Coors says cyberattack disrupted beer brewing — Cyberscoop

  • Molson Coors, one of the biggest beer companies in the U.S., didn’t provide many specifics about the cyberattack.

With Spectre Still Lurking, Google Looks to Protect the Web — Wired

  • Researchers from Google have developed a proof-of-concept that reveals the hazard Spectre assaults pose to the browser.

Ransomware now attacks Microsoft Exchange servers with ProxyLogon exploits — Bleeping Computer

  • A new ransomware called ‘DEARCRY’ is targeting Microsoft Exchange servers, with one victim stating they were infected via the ProxyLogon vulnerabilities.

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Cybersecurity News & Trends

This week saw breaches on more than two dozen U.K. schools and universities, thousands of security cameras, Microsoft Exchange servers, and even hacking forums themselves.


SonicWall in the News

Ryuk Ransomware Is Now More Dangerous Than Ever. Here’s Why — Toolbox

  • Ryuk, which has set organizations back by $150 million over the past three years, has acquired new capabilities that allow it to propagate across connected networks and systems, including those that are inactive or powered off.

Microsoft Cloud App Security Aims To Expand Your Defenses — TechTarget

  • Data center security tools have little control over the plethora of SaaS apps used in the enterprise. A Microsoft offering attempts to bridge that gap to ward off threats.

Industry News

UPDATE: Hackers Breach Thousands of Security Cameras, Exposing Tesla, Jails, Hospitals — Bloomberg

  • A group of hackers say they breached a massive trove of security camera data collected by Silicon Valley startup Verkada, Inc., gaining access to live feeds of 150,000 surveillance cameras inside hospitals, companies, police departments, prisons and schools.

Researchers Show First Side-Channel Attack Against Apple M1 Chips — Security Week

  • Researchers have demonstrated that attackers could launch browser-based side-channel attacks that do not require JavaScript, and they’ve tested the method on a wide range of platforms, including devices that use Apple’s new M1 chip.

It’s Open Season for Microsoft Exchange Server Hacks — Wired

  • A patch for the Exchange vulnerabilities China exploited has been released. Now criminal groups are going to reverse engineer it — if they haven’t already.

Dark Web Markets for Stolen Data See Banner Sales — Threat Post

  • Despite an explosion in the sheer amount of stolen data available on the Dark Web, the value of personal information is holding steady, according to the 2021 Dark Web price index from Privacy Affairs.

EU Sets 2030 Goals to Secure Tech Sovereignty From U.S., Asia — Bloomberg

  • The European Union outlined its digital goals for the next decade, including plans to develop and manufacture the world’s most advanced semiconductors by 2030 in an effort to reduce reliance on foreign companies.

A Basic Timeline of the Exchange Mass-Hack — Krebs on Security

  • Brian Krebs breaks down the Microsoft Exchange attack timeline.

GandCrab ransomware affiliate arrested for phishing attacks — Bleeping Computer

  • A suspected GandCrab ransomware operator was arrested in South Korea for using phishing emails to infect victims.

University of the Highlands and Islands shuts down campuses as it deals with ‘ongoing cyber incident’ — The Register

  • In a message to students and staff, the institution, which spans 13 locations across the northernmost part of the UK, warned that “most services” – including its Brightspace virtual learning environment – were affected.

A new type of supply-chain attack with serious consequences is flourishing — Ars Technica

  • New dependency confusion attacks take aim at Microsoft, Amazon, Slack, Lyft and Zillow.

Watchdog Warns of Weak Cybersecurity in DOD Weapons Contracts — Bloomberg

  • A government watchdog warned that the U.S. military has failed to adequately include cybersecurity provisions in contracts for acquiring weapons systems. … “Some contracts we reviewed had no cybersecurity requirements when they were awarded, with vague requirements added later.”

Cyberattack shuts down online learning at 15 UK schools — ZDNet

  • The cyberattack also took email, phone and website communication offline.

Three Top Russian Cybercrime Forums Hacked — Krebs on Security

  • Over the past few weeks, three of the longest running and most venerated Russian-language forums, which serve thousands of experienced cybercriminals, have been hacked. In two of the intrusions, the attackers made off with the forums’ user databases, including email and Internet addresses and hashed passwords.

Ongoing phishing attacks target US brokers with fake FINRA audits — Bleeping Computer

  • The U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has issued a regulatory notice warning U.S. brokerage firms and brokers of an ongoing phishing campaign using fake compliance audit alerts to harvest information.

Business Apps Spoofed in 45% of Impersonation Attacks — Dark Reading

  • Business-related applications like those from Microsoft, Zoom and DocuSign are most often impersonated in brand phishing attacks.

Three New Malware Strains Linked to SolarWinds Hackers — Security Week

  • The malware, named GoldMax, GoldFinder and Sibot, has been used to maintain persistence and for other “very specific” actions.

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