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Corporate criminals offering ransomware-as-a-service

By MyCena | Posted on : 20 October 2021

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The dark web is full of shady purchase options. One which is gaining in popularity is the offer of ransomware-as-a-service (RaaS). Many hackers are now choosing to sell the software they have created instead of carrying out attacks themselves – and they’ve found willing buyers. Lured by the large ransoms splashed across the news, amateur hackers are purchasing monthly RaaS services, enabling them to target companies themselves. If successful, it is thought that the users share the ransoms with their RaaS providers. The growing popularity of this service further emphasises the need for impeccable cyber security systems for corporations and individuals alike.

Security expert warns hackers will copy Solarwinds

By MyCena | Posted on : 20 October 2021

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Lindy Cameron, the chief executive of the UK National Cyber Security Centre, has warned that December 2020’s Solarwinds attack may inspire further incidents in the future. She explained that strikes on major corporation supply chains are a huge success for any cybercriminal, and that the considerable disruption caused by the Solarwinds attack would be a blueprint for others. Cameron singled out supply chain and ransomware hacks as threats the world would face for years to come. “It's particularly the case because we anticipate that technology supply chains will become increasingly complex in coming years," she said.

Intelligence investigation reveals Solarwinds effects

By MyCena | Posted on : 20 October 2021

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A report released this month has revealed that top-secret government documents were leaked as a result of December 2020’s Solarwinds security breach. The report showed that the suspected Russian cybercriminals used access from the Solarwinds hack, along with a further weakness in Microsoft Office 365, to gain access to critical documents. These included information on the USA’s Covid-19 pandemic response plans, US counter-intelligence operations, and US policies on sanctions for Russian nationals. The Solarwinds attack was the first of many recent high-profile hacks which have caused President Biden to prioritise cybersecurity.

Telecom company suffers a 5-year-long hack

By MyCena | Posted on : 20 October 2021

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A US text message routing company has revealed a hack dating back to 2016. Syniverse, a telecoms business that routes text messages for major US mobile phone networks, announced that it “became aware of unauthorised access to its operational and information technology systems by an unknown individual or organisation.” After notifying authorities and running an investigation, the Syniverse team discovered that the initial hack probably took place in May 2016. Billions of text messages per year are routed through Syniverse. A company review revealed that more than 200 clients and possibly millions of mobile phone users could have been affected to some degree.

Facebook service outage takes billions offline

By MyCena | Posted on : 20 October 2021

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Facebook suffered significant downtime on Monday 4th October, taking around six hours to become available again. Its sister services Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram also suffered complete outages, with billions of users around the globe unable to access the messaging platforms. Users first noticed that they could not access Facebook at around 5 pm UTC. It soon became apparent that “backbone routing settings” were the cause of the downtime, and Facebook engineers pinpointed an issue with Domain Name System (DNS) and Border Gateway Patrol (BGP) in particular. It was revealed that Facebook updates caused problems with BGP settings, and consequently, Facebook’s servers were unreachable until fixed.