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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly – 10 August 2020

Attacks and cybersecurity news A Catholic bishop and a priest in Togo, among others, have been revealed as the latest victims of spyware created by NSO Group. This is the first time that the Pegasus spyware is known to have been used against members of the clergy. WhatsApp alerted Bishop Benoît Alowonou and five other […]

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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 – 15 June 2020

COVID-19 Cybersecurity Update The FBI has reported on the most common types of fraud during the pandemic. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received nearly as many complaints in the first half of 2020 (about 320,000) as in the entirety of 2019 (about 400,000). Criminals continue to peddle counterfeit personal protective equipment (PPE) and fraudulent

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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 – 1 June 2020

COVID-19 Cybersecurity Update The UK’s fraud and cybercrime reporting site, Actionfraud, has released figures stating that so far 2,057 victims have lost a combined total of over £4.6 million to coronavirus-related scams. Different types of scams have been used to steal money from users, including, courier fraud, online shopping and auction fraud, computer software service

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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 – 4 May 2020

COVID-19 Cybersecurity Update Since January, there has been a boom in threat actors capitalising on the COVID-19 pandemic – ZScaler reported a 30,000 per cent increase in phishing, malicious websites, and malware in this period. As the pandemic has continued, however, and lockdowns have affected cybercriminals as well as law-abiding citizens, there has been a

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