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Cybercrime Against Healthcare Soars During COVID-19

Healthcare has been one of the most severely impacted industries by the still-menacing COVID-19 virus. The sudden global pandemic created a surge in demand for clinical care, medical equipment, healthcare technologies and eventually - a solution. All of these and more rely on information technology. From making appointments and delivering healthcare to patients, to using internet-connected medical devices and developing vaccine research, COVID-19 response is vulnerable to cyber attacks on all levels. Being by far the most pressing issue today, it comes as no surprise that attackers are exploiting the difficult situation healthcare institutions are facing to wreak havoc and cash in on their struggle.

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New Silver Sparrow Malware Infects 30,000 Macs

The new macOS malware strain has infected almost 30,000 devices so far, running on Apple’s new M1 chips. Most instances were detected in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, France and Germany, though it has been reported that Silver Sparrow has reached Macs in at least 153 countries.

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FBI WARNS: HACKERS WREAKING HAVOC THROUGH HOME SECURITY DEVICES

In a public service announcement last week, the FBI warned residents with camera and voice-capable smart devices that hackers are targeting them with swatting attacks that stem from stolen email credentials. Swatting is an attack in which ill-meaning attackers make a fake emergency call to the police, calling law enforcement and S.W.A.T teams into action on a fake premise. The hoax call usually mentions an immediate life threat so that law enforcement will scramble to arrive ASAP and in full force. This type of attack causes damage on both sides of the dangerous prank – police, who are taken away from other critical tasks, and homeowners whose hacked devices were used for the call, who are left confused and shaken or worse. Some health-related and even violent consequences of these situations have also been reported.

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The IT/OT Challenge - Understanding Convergence Risks

As we have discussed in previous articles on our blog, smart technologies are advancing at a precedential speed. New technologies and IoT devices allow operational technology infrastructures to connect to the information technology (IT) realm, receiving data and controls from Internet-connected devices. While this creates amazing opportunities and technological advancement, such as simplified process control, real-time visibility, and decreased unplanned downtime, connecting OT devices to the Internet makes them vulnerable to an additional world of threats and attack types. Companies and facilities must strictly protect their industrial control system (ICS) and SCADA networks, since a breach can cause damage to an electrical grid, an oil rig, or even to emergency services systems during a crisis.

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WHEN RANSOMWARE HITS CLOSE TO HOME

Last Friday’s family dinner started like any other. My grandmother stealthily running around the kitchen adding some finishing touches to her amazing dishes, while her children and grandchildren gradually arrive. Meeting once a week (or two) for a Friday dinner is customary for traditional Israeli families (and let’s face it, Israel is so small that no matter where you live – it’s still no more than a few-hour drive from your family). As we started moving delicious-smelling food from the kitchen to the dining room, my family asked me excitedly (and a bit worriedly) – “Did you hear about the Shirbit cyber attack? They got attacked with a ransom malware, have you heard of those?”.

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Are You Prepared For 5G?

5G is here, and it is definitely changing 21st century technology. The fifth generation of wireless connectivity marks a new era for devices of all kinds, serving as critical infrastructure to promote the digitization, automation and connectivity of machines, robots, smart appliances, transport solutions and more. In addition to advanced infrastructure technologies - smartphones, computers and Internet-of-Things devices are extremely prevalent in every home - and they’re getting smarter. With the increased demand for connectivity and 5G-enabled IoT devices, vendors are rushing their products to be the first on the market, trying to beat out the competition on the way. According to Statista, there will be a whopping 74 Billion connected devices by 2025. Even last month’s Black Friday deals on next generation smartphones and smart devices may very well have equipped another couple million Americans with 5G-compatible devices. But despite the excitement and hype around smart technologies, this race-to-market is creating a gaping hole where strong security and advanced technology must meet. Vendors are sacrificing security testing, allowing potential vulnerabilities to remain hidden in the backend of devices.

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Covid-19’s Lasting Impact on Cybersecurity

2020 has been quite a year. The global Covid-19 pandemic changed up the rules of most peoples’ daily lives, taking a big toll on individuals, businesses and organizations. During this time, cyber attackers were quick to jump on the exploitation wagon, taking advantage of the chaos and changes in work and activity patterns to deploy attacks, steal information and cash in on victims. Large firms such as Deloitte have seen a spike in cyber-attacks during the Coronavirus pandemic such as Covid-themed phishing, malspam, and ransomware attacks.

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Analysis: New Android Malware Steals Victim Data From 300+ Apps

 

A new android malware strain was uncovered in May, boasting the ability to steal data from 337 applications, including passwords and credit card information. Among these apps are some of the most highly-used applications on any android phone, such as Netflix, Gmail, Amazon, Uber, and more.

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Learning from the Honda Ransomware Attack

 

The Japanese manufacturing giant revealed that it had been hit with ransomware on Monday June 8, 2020, forcing it to shut down a number of manufacturing facilities and disrupting its global operations. Honda was left with no choice but to halt operations in Japan, North America, the U.K., Turkey and Italy. Furthermore, the ransomware attack caused disruptions to the company’s customer service and financial services.

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US Secret Service Warns Surge in Ransomware Attacks Targeting MSPs

 

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) seem to be a huge target for ransomware lately. MSPs in both government and the private sector have been under attack, causing the U.S. Secret Service to issue a special warning about this phenomenon.

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