• May 13, 2020

CF BYTES – Issue #7

Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way the world functions, and adapting to it has become the need of the hour. Millions have been invested to secure the company Infrastructures but the ‘work from home’ trend has turned the tables around. Cybersecurity empire is going through a rough patch, the threat actors are exploiting the vulnerability of this situation as the world wasn’t prepared for this dynamic change of workstyle. Our professionals are doing their best to keep up with this transition and developments that are being made during this outbreak, proves that ‘Human minds always have and always will continue to make this world a better place’. In this issue of cyberfrat, we highlight some of the cyberattacks that question the security of our existence and some of the cyber developments that light a ray of hope.

Top 5 Cyberattacks

  1. Cognizant faced a Maze Ransomware attack and the operations have been disrupted. They are yet to break a deal with the attackers and are relating this attack with another incident. https://www.cpomagazine.com/cyber-security/maze-ransomware-attack-on-cognizant-may-impact-customers/
  2. Attacks on the World Health Organization (WHO) has happened more than five times since the pandemic has started. https://cio.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/digital-security/who-reports-fivefold-increase-in-cyber-attacks/75372594
  3. Threat Actors have hacked the Unacademy database and around 11 million email account details are being sold on the dark web. This breach is expected to affect the security of other companies as well. https://yourstory.com/2020/05/facebook-funded-unacademy-data-hacked
  4. Pakistan launched a Cyberwar against India by conducting a social media campaign in which they targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The intention was to create a false indication of Islamophobia in India. https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/after-proxy-war-in-kashmir-pak-launches-cyber-war-against-india-and-pm-modi/story-81Ic2r5lwATXUKWyGiRAYI.html
  5. The China-based group named Naikon is attacking Asia-pacific countries to infiltrate their computers with a malware named Aria-body. The intention is to spy on other countries and gather information. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/07/chinese-hacking-group-naikon-reportedly-spying-on-asia-governments.html

TOP 5 Cyber developments

  1. CenturyLink has offered a behavior analytics software MSBA as a cyber defense service to the enterprises in the Asia Pacific. It monitors insider threats and protects critical asset security. https://www.aithority.com/security/centurylink-offers-360-degree-cyber-defense-analytics-service-to-enterprises-in-asia-pacific/
  2. Automation is taking over the business already. Facebook has invested in automation techniques to find out about the different breaches affecting them. https://cio.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/digital-security/automation-at-facebook-making-cybersecurity-staff-redundant-report/75445495
  3. VERDICT is a new tool being developed by DARPA that can help even someone with minimum cybersecurity knowledge to understand the recommendation on vulnerabilities provided by the tool. https://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2020/04/darpa-project-producing-tool-help-anticipate-military-and-industrial-systems-cyber-threats/164645/
  4. NIST introduced a new framework secure software development framework(SSDF) that can be implemented in SDLC to secure applications. https://securityboulevard.com/2020/05/nist-introduces-framework-for-secure-software-development/
  5. Zoom is only a victim and not malware. Criminals utilize the popular trends to their advantage targeting zoom. https://www.theverge.com/2020/4/1/21202584/zoom-security-privacy-issues-video-conferencing-software-coronavirus-demand-responsehttps://www.theverge.com/2020/4/1/21202584/zoom-security-privacy-issues-video-conferencing-software-coronavirus-demand-response
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