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Hundreds arrested and millions seized in global INTERPOL operation against social engineering scams

A worldwide crackdown on social engineering fraud has seen scammers identified globally, substantial criminal assets seized and new investigative leads triggered in every continent. The two-month (March 8– May 8 2022) operation, codenamed First Light 2022, saw 76 countries take part in an international clampdown on the organised crime groups behind telecommunications and social engineering […]

Newly-discovered Chinese-linked APT has been quietly spying on organisations for 10 years

SentinelLabs has uncovered a cluster of activity by threat actor, Aoqin Dragon, dating at least as far back as 2013. Aoqin Dragon’s primary focus is assessed to be espionage, targeting government, education and telecommunication organisations in south-east Asia and Australia. The threat actor has a history of using document lures with pornographic themes to infect […]

Cyberattacks against UK CNI increase amidst Russia-Ukraine war

The systems that underpin the UK’s critical national infrastructure (CNI) are under increasing cyber threat. Over seven in 10 cybersecurity decision-makers at UK CNI organisations reported a rise in cyberattacks since the start of the Ukraine war, according to new research by UK cybersecurity services firm, Bridewell. The research, which surveyed 521 cybersecurity decision-makers in […]

Cabinet Office admits to losing nearly 800 devices

The Cabinet Office, the UK governmental body responsible for supporting the Prime Minister and Cabinet, has reported almost 800 electronic devices lost or stolen in the past three years, according to official figures. The data, retrieved via the Freedom of Information Act and analysed by niche litigation firm, Griffin Law, observed the number of electronic […]

DoJ announces new policy for charging cases under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

The Department of Justice has announced the revision of its policy regarding charging violations of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).  The policy for the first time directs that good-faith security research should not be charged. Good faith security research means accessing a computer solely for purposes of good-faith testing, investigation and/or correction of a security […]

Trellix finds escalation of cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure as geopolitical tensions rise

Cybersecurity firm, Trellix, has released its latest Threat Labs Report which covers Q4 2021 threat research. The findings detail wiper malware aimed at Ukraine and an upsurge in cyberthreats from a likely Russian-backed actor in the fourth quarter of 2021, as well as malware being used most often in reported incidents in Q4 2021, accounting […]

Costa Rica declares national emergency after Conti ransomware attack

It has been reported that the Costa Rican President, Rodrigo Chaves, has declared a national emergency following cyberattacks from Conti ransomware group on multiple government bodies. Etay Maor, Senior Director of Security Strategy at Cato Networks, said: “The recent ransomware attack on Cost Rica is just the latest example of why organisations shouldn’t ‘go it alone’ when trying […]

French hospital group disconnects Internet after hackers steal data

The GHT Coeur Grand Est. Hospitals and Health Care group has disconnected all incoming and outgoing Internet connections after discovering it suffered a cyberattack that resulted in the theft of sensitive administrative and patient data. GHT is a hospital network located in north-east France consisting of nine locations, 6,000 employees and approximately 3,370 beds. The […]

UCL blasted by nearly 60 million email attacks at the start of 2022 

University College London (UCL), a leading research institution, faced almost 60 million malicious email attacks in the first three months of 2022, according to official figures. The data, which was obtained through the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act and analysed by the Parliament Street think tank, revealed that a total of 58,628,604 spam, phishing, malware […]

US leads seizure of one of world’s largest hacker forums and arrests administrator

The Department of Justice has announced the seizure of the RaidForums website, a popular marketplace for cybercriminals to buy and sell hacked data, and unsealed criminal charges against RaidForums’ Founder and Chief Administrator, Diogo Santos Coelho. Coelho was arrested in the UK on January 31, at the United States’ request and remains in custody pending the […]

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