Brief Summary of August 2020

Written by David Palmer OBE 

UN has reported a 350% rise in phishing websites in Q1/20, and this has increased further in Q2, although full figures are not yet available. The majority used COVID-19 as an exploit. 96% of UK firms hit by at least 1 major cyber-attack over last year. Russia is reported to target Linux systems with Drovub malware. ‘Doki’ malware is exploiting servers using Dogecoin. Android RAT malware is attacking mobile banking apps, NSA warns smartphone users of ‘large scale data tracking’, through Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS, even when phone service deactivated A new Android spyware, ‘Transparent Tribe’ is spread by a pornographic clip or fake COVID-19 tracking app, and originates in India.UK NHS flooded by 43,000 phishing attacks during March alone. Hackers exploited vulnerabilities in Windows 10 and Internet Explorer against South Korea companies in its DarkHotel spearfishing campaign. Both Windows and Explorer were patched by 11 Aug. Gigabytes of Intel source code and internal documents have been hacked, including backdoor info, with further details to follow. Major ransomware attacks include Canon US by Maze, closing its email, Teams, US website, internal functions and compromising 10TB of data. Following the WastedLocker ransomware attack on smartwatch maker Garmin, a multi-million dollar ransom was paid to obtain decryption key and to recover files. Nation to nation cyber attacks continue, the latest being repeated cyber attacks on Greek government sites by Turkey, following deteriorating relations between the two nations. Police use of facial recognition ruled unlawful in the UK as it breaches human rights. Internet outages reached an all-time high during the pandemic but are slowly recovering.

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