Asia-Pacific healthcare sector organizations struggle with many of the same cybersecurity challenges as clinics in other parts of the world, including ransomware threats and denial-of-service attacks, says Errol Weiss, chief security officer of the Health Information Sharing and Analysis Center.
Australia's Department of Defense will rip out cameras made by Chinese manufacturers Hikvision and Dahua while the government considers whether to ban their use across all federal agencies. Chinese-made technology has come suspicious internationally for alleged influence by Chinese intelligence.
Russian intelligence likely gained access to a Scottish nationalist politician's private email inbox via a phishing attack. Stewart McDonald, a well-known supporter of Ukraine, said his messages may become part of a disinformation campaign. His official inbox was not breached.
As the massive ESXiArgs ransomware campaign continues to target unpatched VMware ESXi hypervisors, cybersecurity experts have released a script that can decrypt at least some affected virtual machines. Ransomware trackers count at least 2,803 victims, primarily in France, the U.S. and Germany.
The LockBit group has gone from denying it had any involvement in the ransomware attack on Britain's Royal Mail to trying to bargain for a ransom. The ransomware group's site now lists Royal Mail as a victim and demands it pay a ransom or see stolen data get dumped.
A Scottish school system decided not to use facial recognition in its secondary school cafeterias after international outcry. The U.K. Information Commissioner's Office said Tuesday that the North Ayrshire Council failed to obtain freely given consent for the system.
Christmastime was bleak for a number of organizations in Britain that got hit with ransomware, including car dealership giant Arnold Clark, which originally reported that no customer data had been stolen. But the business subsequently revised its assessment, after attackers dumped stolen data.
JD Sports, a sports fashion retailer with global operations, says personal details pertaining to about 10 million online customers of JD Sports and its Size?, Millets, Blacks, Scotts and MilletSport brands from 2018 to 2020 have been stolen by attackers and warns customers to beware of scammers.
A periodic stress test assessment of U.K. insurers by the Bank of England found underwriters mostly withstood extreme cyber events. Still, underwriters may not be operating from the same set of assumptions when it comes to the likelihood of having to manage an actual extreme cyber event.
Russian and Iranian state-sponsored hackers are using advanced social engineering tactics to target journalists, defense organizations and academic and civil society organizations in the U.K. for cyberespionage campaigns, the British National Cyber Security Center warns.
Microsoft blamed an internal network configuration change for outages that disrupted access to Microsoft 365 services, including Microsoft Teams and Outlook, for users around the world. The change has been rolled back and additional infrastructure added to speed restoration, it says.
Australia started operating an international ransomware task force to facilitate information sharing and best practices worldwide. “Recent cyber incidents in Australia and around the globe are a stark reminder of the insidious nature of ransomware," said Minister for Home Affairs Clare O'Neil.
Researchers have linked Chinese advanced persistent threat group Playful Taurus, also known as Vixen Panda and Nickel, to a series of attacks against Iranian organizations between July and December 2022. The group recently updated its toolkit to include a new variant of the Turian backdoor.
The United Kingdom's Royal Mail says it can again deliver simple letters to international destinations as it enters a second week of grappling with the fallout of a ransomware attack. It is testing operational workarounds to reduce its backlog of packages to be delivered.
The former head of the U.K.'s National Cyber Security Centre warns that destructive ransomware targeting large enterprises is likely to surge in 2023, adding that recent attacks on Royal Mail and The Guardian newspaper are examples of these early-stage attacks.