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Ransomware Review – October 2021

In late October, the operators of the REvil (also known as Sodinokibi) ransomware announced they were shutting down their operations due to an infrastructure compromise. Subsequently, it was confirmed that this compromise was conducted as part of a joint operation by multiple law enforcement and intelligence agencies from various countries. The initial takedown of REvil […]

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The Case of the Disappearing Databases

Shodan is an extremely useful tool for checking what devices your network may have listening on the Internet, or for getting an idea of the overall exposure of a type of database or device. We can also use Shodan to find databases that have been routed to the Internet by mistake or databases that do not have any kind

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2020 Mid-Year CISO Report

Introduction It is imperative to understand the threats and vulnerabilities facing one’s organisation to mitigate the associated risk of a cyberattack. We are regularly asked to define the biggest cybersecurity challenges. Inevitably, they are the same: vulnerability management to reduce the attack surface; phishing attacks (which still account for over 90% of initial compromise and

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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly – 29 June 2020

COVID-19 Cybersecurity Update Coronavirus-themed attacks are decreasing, with a 24 per cent reduction in June compared to May. This is due to other news items gaining traction: Black Lives Matter is a case in point. It should be noted that these attack topics will not disappear as long as there is sufficient interest in the

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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly – 22 June 2020

COVID-19 Cybersecurity Update Citizens Advice in the UK has warned users not to fall for a new scam campaign that is sending fake messages purportedly from the UK government. The messages can come in the form of calls, text messages, or emails in relation to the new NHS test and trace service. Citizens Advice has

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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly – 8 June 2020

COVID-19 Cybersecurity Update A recent interview with a member of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) revealed that state-sponsored groups have focused on exploiting COVID-19 fears to deliver malware and steal data. Before the lockdown, aviation was the main priority for CISA, but healthcare and the supply chain for food are now facing

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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly – 26 May 2020

COVID-19 Cybersecurity Update The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has warned users about scam coronavirus (COVID-19) contact tracing texts. There has been an increasing number of SMiShing messages asking users to click a malicious link. The FTC claims that clicking the link will download software onto the device, enabling scammers access to personal and financial

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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly – 18 May 2020

COVID-19 Cybersecurity Update The Financial Times reports that Chinese threat actors are targeting coronavirus research in the United States. This comes at a time of escalating tensions between Washington and Beijing over the pandemic. The FBI and CISA are investigating the “targeting and compromise” of US research groups by China and its affiliates and warned

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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly – 11 May 2020

COVID-19 Cybersecurity Update Internet and cloud providers have been challenged to reliably handle increased traffic and bandwidth strain due to the sudden shift to remote working. Between March and April, there was a 17 per cent increase in the number of DDoS attacks from the previous peak (in 2019), with over 864,000 DDoS attacks observed

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