Category: Europe

Global Weekly Executive Summary, 3 August 2018

VPNFilter In July 2018, the VPNFilter malware reportedly tied to a Russian military intelligence agency infected a chlorine station connected to Ukrainian water treatment and sewage plants. This intrusion is the latest in a string of disruptive Russian cyberattacks to target critical infrastructure in the past three years. VPNFilter also made news in the US […]

Global Weekly Executive Summary, 20 OCT 2017

British Intelligence Suspects Iran in Parliament Email Attacks British intelligence now suspects that Iran was the source of the June 2017 brute force attacks against 9,000 UK Parliament email accounts. Key Details: On 23 June of 2017, 9,000 UK parliamentary email accounts were targeted in a 12-hour long brute force attack that included 200,000 attempts […]

Global Weekly Executive Summary, 29 SEPT 2017

Deloitte Data Breach Multinational accounting and auditing firm Deloitte was the victim of a major cyberattack that lead to unauthorized access to the company’s internal email systems. Staff and client data was stolen, including usernames, passwords, IP addresses, business diagrams, and health information and email “attachments with sensitive security and design details.” When did it […]

Equifax Megabreach Update: How, who, and more

Last week, we reported that the major credit reporting company Equifax announced a massive data breach affecting up to 143 million US customers last week on 7 September, but the developing story over the course of the week has gone from bad to worse. How the Breach Occurred After days of speculation, on 13 September, […]

Equifax Breach affects 143 Million in the US

Equifax Data Breach Credit reporting agency Equifax announced a massive data breach on 7 September that it says could potentially impact 143 million US customers. Equifax is one of the three largest US credit bureaus that collects and maintains consumer financial data for hundreds of millions of people in the US and Canada. According to […]

Global Weekly Executive Summary, 01 SEPT 2017

Turla Group, the Gazer Backdoor, and WhiteBear Activity This week, two security researchers published reports relating to well-known cyberespionage APT group,Turla. Security researchers from ESET, an IT security company based in Slovakia, wrote about a previously undocumented backdoor called Gazer which appears to be the latest tool used in an ongoing cyberespionage campaign targeting embassies […]

Global Weekly Executive Summary, August 11, 2107

eLoran: New Interest in Radio Navigation Technology after GPS Jamming Incidents Recent incidents of GPS interference and jamming and the possibility of cyberattacks have renewed interest in earth-based radio navigation systems. South Korea, the US, Russia, and Britain have all independently been exploring Enhanced Long Range Navigation, or eLoran, with the aim of updating the […]

NotPetya Ransomware Disrupts Merck Vaccine Production

Merck, a global leader in drug and vaccine production, may be unable to produce hepatitis B vaccines until 2018 because of worldwide production disruptions resulting from the NotPetya ransomware attacks in June. In late June 2017, Merck, one of the “big four” of the world’s leading vaccine producers, reported that its computer systems were affected […]

Largest Dark Web Black Market Sites Shut Down

The two largest dark web marketplaces, AlphaBay and Hansa, have been shut down as a result of an international cooperative effort involving the FBI, the DEA, Europol, and the Dutch National Police. AlphaBay, “the largest criminal marketplace on the dark web,” according to Europol, was the leading online market for illegal drugs. It also had […]

Microsoft Sues Fancy Bear

Microsoft has devised a new and effective angle to fight back against Fancy Bear, the cyberespionage group accused of hacking of the Democratic National Committee in 2016. Microsoft sued them.   In a civil action law suit dated August 6, 2016, Microsoft sued the John Does associated with the APT known as Strontium. Strontium, also […]