10th February 2020
????China calls India for help over cyber attacks as beijing battles coronavirus
The western countries continue to pose a cyberthreat on China. China seeks India’s help at a time when people in Beijing battle corona virus
??Four firms with links to Japan’s Defence Ministry hacked
Japan kicked off its second annual cyber-security month this week under a cloud, as four major companies with contracts with the Defence Ministry reported having information stolen by hackers. While the government was quick to stress that no sensitive highly classified information was leaked, the spate of cases has raised questions over Japan’s readiness to combat cyber attacks. Kobe University security expert Tosh Minohara told The Straits Times that the hackings signal espionage activity and he, along with other experts cited in Japanese media, pointed to Chinese hackers as the likely culprits.
??Kobe Steel, Pasco hit by cyber-attacks
The Defense Ministry has said that steelmaker Kobe Steel Ltd. and aerial survey firm Pasco Corp. were victims of cyber-attacks, the latest cases in a series of such attacks on Japanese defense-related companies. According to the ministry, no breach of information classified as secrets by the ministry was confirmed in the unauthorized outside accesses to corporate network terminals at the two companies, which are both the ministry’s contractors. Kobe Steel supplies to the ministry underwater launching tubes mainly for torpedoes that are loaded onto submarines. According to the company and other sources, Kobe Steel saw a total of 250 unauthorized accesses in August 2016 and June 2017. Of them, 231 were accesses to information related to the ministry.
??CyberSecurity: Warning of cyber-espionage attempts was merely advice
CyberSecurity Malaysia said the advisory from Malaysia Computer Emergency Response Team (MyCert) purportedly warning of a cyberespionage campaign targeting government officials was merely advice on such a possibility. “CyberSecurity Malaysia through MyCert issues timely advisory to advise and guide internet users, particularly in Malaysia, to be cautious of any cyber-attacks or threats. “The advisory issued on Feb 5, 2020, was merely advice on possible cyber espionage activities in Malaysia.
????Estonian PM, business delegation off to Japan to intensify economic ties
“I hope that the visit will contribute to the investments and export of Estonian services and, as a result, strengthen the relations between our companies. Japan is increasingly interested in Estonian e-governance and e-solutions. During the visit, we aim to find opportunities for our entrepreneurs to intensify cooperation in the field,” said Ratas.“We also share common interests and face similar challenges with Japan on climate issues, which is an area where our companies could contribute,” the prime minister added. At a meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, discussion topics will include deepening economic relations, environmental and energy issues, and cooperation in the digital and cyber domain. Regional issues and international cooperation, including in the UN, will also be discussed. Due to the importance of climate issues, the prime minister will meet with Japan’s Minister of the Environment Shinjiro Koizumi to discuss opportunities for cooperation in the field.
????Russia Unleashes New Weapons In Its ‘Cyber Attack Testing Ground’: Report
One of the inherent cyber dangers with Russia, China, Iran and North Korea, but particularly with Russia, is the potential for state actors to sharpen their tools and techniques on neighboring countries, not just dissident groups. Russia has become the hybrid warfare master. And, as I reported back in September, the state has invested heavily in duplicating capabilities to avoid compromise and intensify the potency of any attack. And it doesn’t have Ukraine in its sights with this costly approach, it is looking much further west. Just as in the broader international standoff, the situation between Russia and Ukraine is seeing an intensifying cyber campaign as a proxy for anything physical, which is more difficult to contain. Kremez describes Gamaredon as an illustrative example of how cyber “enables militants to continue fighting even when all other domains are denied by the strategic or political framework. It serves as a solid substitution when kinetic strikes are too costly or dangerous.”
??MAS reminds of vigilance against cyber threats taking advantage of coronavirus situation
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) reminded financial institutions to remain vigilant on the cybersecurity front amid cases of “cyber threat actors” taking advantage of the coronavirus situation to conduct email scams, phishing and ransomware attacks. In a media release on Sunday (Feb 9), MAS said it issued the advisory — its third since January -to financial institutions on Friday, after Singapore raised its Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) alert level to Orange.
??Toll held to ransom as cyber attack stalls deliveries
Logistics giant Toll Group has confirmed it has fallen victim to a ransomware cyber attack that has forced it to shut down online systems and manually process parcels since late last week. Customers of the Japan Post-owned Australian operation have been growing increasingly irate at a lack of information about the lengthy disruption to its operations, which the company said began on Friday.
??Man charged over $11m cyber hit on super funds
A South Australian man has been charged over an alleged $11 million fraud in which he obtained the personal details of individuals to modify payroll data and create fraudulent bank accounts. The 31-year-old was arrested at a library in the Sydney city fringe precinct of Green Square on Wednesday, following a joint investigation by detectives from NSW Police and South Australia Police. He has been charged with 24 offences, including knowingly dealing with proceeds of crime and dealing with identity information to commit an indicatable offence.
?Middle East and Africa cyber spend to grow more than five-fold to $13bn by 2023
Organisations in the Middle East and Africa should develop a reliable information-sharing mechanism with the public sector to beef up the cybersecurity framework and cut down costs predicted to grow more than five-fold in the next three years, say industry experts. “MEA companies spent $2 billion (Dh7.34bn) tackling cyber attacks last year … this was only the tip of an iceberg as this amount will reach $13bn by 2023,” said Bocar Ba, chief executive of the South Asia, Middle East and North Africa (Samena) Telecommunications Council.
?? Powerful Cyber Attack Takes Down 25% Of Iranian Internet
The NetBlocks internet observatory, which maps internet freedom in real-time, confirmed that there was extensive Iranian telecommunications network disruption on the morning of February 8. The internet observatory, an accurate and impartial monitor of internet availability, uses a combination of measurement and classification techniques to detect disruptions and critical infrastructure cyber-attacks in real-time. In a NetBlocks tweet, the national internet connectivity drop to 75% was said to be due to Iranian authorities activating the “Digital Fortress” cyber-defense mechanism, also known as DZHAFA.
??Israel strengthens as cyber superpower
The $1.9 billion acquisition of Forescout underlines Israel’s preeminence in the sector. A cybersecurity company published disappointing results. Its share price lost ground, and activist investment funds took advantage of the situation to invest. Some time later, it was announced that the company was being sold to a private equity fund at a premium on the market price. This is what happened in 2018 with Imperva, founded by Shlomi Kramer, and the story has now repeated itself with Israeli-US company Forescout Technologies Inc.
??Saudi Aramco sees increase in attempted cyber attacks
Saudi Aramco has seen an increase in attempted cyber attacks since the final quarter of 2019, which the company has so far successfully countered, the state oil giant’s chief information security officer told Reuters on Thursday.
????Britain should focus more on Russian cyber attacks and fake news than major conflict, a think tank warns ahead of Defence review.
Britain should focus more on Russian cyber attacks and fake news than major conflict, a think tank has warned, ahead of this year’s Defence review.The government’s forthcoming ‘Integrated’ defence, security and foreign policy review should focus on the national interest to make sense of the “brew of complex and interrelated problems”, the Royal United Services Institute has said in a new report.
??Bouygues falls victim to cyber-attack
Bouygues Construction has revealed it was hit by a cyber-attack last month. The French contractor was targeted with ransomware — a type of virus with which cyber-criminals threaten to publish private data or block computer access unless a ransom is paid. Bouygues said it filed a complaint, although the global business failed to disclose with which authorities, regarding the incident and is working with them to identify the origin of the ransomware, which paralysed its computer network. The company said the attack had not halted any construction work, and that it was working to protect the interests of Bouygues’ customers and partners.
??Cyber attacks could cause financial crisis, says ECB chief Christine Lagarde
A combined cyber attack on important banks could trigger financial instability, the head of the European Central Bank has warned. Christine Lagarde, the ECB’s president, said that a report by the European Systemic Risk Board (ESRB) estimates the global cost of cyber attacks at between $45bn and $654bn. “As an operator of critical infrastructures, the ECB obviously takes such threats very seriously,” she said in France on Wednesday evening. She said there were several “plausible channels” through which a cyber attack could morph into a serious financial crisis.
??Questions Over Cyber Security Cause Uncertainty in Europe
Europe finds itself caught between China and the US, with the fight over mobile network security holding up the roll-out of 5G networks across the continent. Deutsche Telekom, Europe’s largest telecommunications company, has put all deals to buy 5G network equipment from Huawei on hold, pending Germany’s final decision on whether to bar the Chinese company, after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition called for its ban due to security concerns. Huawei is a major vendor of mobile networks across Europe, and accounts for more than the 70 percent of existing mobile networks in Germany alone. An injunction could have major and immediate repercussions on existing European telecommunications.
??News 13 Investigates: Skyrocketing cyber attacks could cripple small communities
More and more hackers are targeting local governments in hopes of getting personal data and cash. Analysts said it led to $7.5 billion in losses across the country last year. One of those cases unfolded here in Western North Carolina.
??North Miami Beach Affected By Cyber Attack
The City of North Miami Beach announced Friday that it had been impacted by ransomware. Here is the statement released by the city on the attack: “On Tuesday, the North Miami Beach Police Department determined that it was impacted by ransomware. The Department immediately contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Secret Service, and the Miami-Dade Police Department, and an investigation is ongoing.
????US charges Chinese military hackers over cyber-attack of Equifax
The US Department of Justice has charged four hackers believed to have been associated with the Chinese military for their involvement in the 2017 Equifax cyberattack, a massive theft of over 147 million credit reports. The four are also accused of stealing the company’s trade secrets, law enforcement officials said. The defendants are all members of the People’s Liberation Army, an arm of the Chinese military. The case comes as Donald Trump’s White House has warned against what it sees as the growing political and economic influence of China, and efforts by Beijing to collect data on Americans and steal scientific research and innovation.