A roundup of UK focused Cyber and Information Security News, Blog Posts, Reports and general Threat Intelligence from the previous calendar month, May 2021.
UK Smarties Cities Cybersecurity Warning
Is your Home Router a Security Risk?
Use of weak passwords was a common theme with the investigation, which concluded:
- weak default passwords cyber-criminals could hack were found on most of the routers
- a lack of firmware updates, important for security and performance
- a network vulnerability with EE’s Brightbox 2, which could give a hacker full control of the device
The routers found lacking in security updates included:
- Sky SR101 and SR102
- Virgin Media Super Hub and Super Hub 2
- TalkTalk HG635, HG523a, and HG533
Which? computing editor Kate Bevan said that a proposed UK Smart Device legislation which would ban default passwords on routers “can’t come soon enough. Internet service providers should be much clearer about how many customers are using outdated routers and encourage people to update devices that pose security risks“.
Eight Arrested in UK Smishing Fraud Bust
Colonial Pipeline DarkSide Ransomware Attack
It was reported DarkSide had made at least $90m in ransom payments from about 47 other victims according to Bitcoin records. DarkSide is one of at least a dozen prolific ransomware gangs making vast profits from holding companies, schools, governments and hospitals to ransom.
Conti Ransomware takes down Ireland’s Health Service
Conti typically steals victims’ files and encrypts the servers and workstations in an effort to force a ransom payment from the victim. If the ransom is not paid, the stolen data is sold or published to a public site controlled by the Conti actors. The FBI issued a warning in the United States about the Conti gang targeting at least 16 healthcare networks there. More than 400 organisations have been targeted by Conti worldwide.
More Big Data Breaches
VULNERABILITIES AND SECURITY UPDATES
AWARENESS, EDUCATION AND THREAT INTELLIGENCE
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