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THE RE-APPEARANCE OF REVIL RANSOMWARE & 3 ZERO- DAYS RELEASED BY A DEVELOPER FOR IOS

Updated: Jan 3

Term of the month: Catphishing Is a type of social engineering attack that uses fake social media profiles to lure victims into a romantic relationship and then exploit those feelings for personal gain whether it is to get money, data from employer, inserting malicious software into the targeted system or extortion if explicit materials were able to be gathered.

 

BRIEF UPDATE Lithuanian Defence Ministry released a report detailing how Chinese made mobile phones have built in detection and censorship capabilities for a hidden list of terms. While the tool has been turned off for European customers it is still possible to turn them on remotely. ProtonMail has come under criticism after it was forced to comply with Swiss law and release the IP of a climate activist even though the company advertised itself as not keeping those logs. A spotlight has been shined on Apples Security Bounty program after a developer drops three zero days to show weaknesses in the new iOS 15. Showing that there is a disconnect between finding bugs and Apple fixing the issue. BlackMatter Ransomware group has been in the news a lot this month. The first news came out when they issued a $5.9 Million dollar ransom to a farming co-operative in Iowa. The next potential victim although not confirmed might have been the real estate investment firm Marcus & Millichap. The most notable attack of this month is targeting the Japanese tech giant Olympus EMEA segment. REvil ransomware group has brough some of their infrastructure back online after a brief hiatus. After the Kaseya attack the group went dark but it seems they are preparing to re-start their operations if the profitable ransomware sector. The threat of Ransomware doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. A new report shows that out of all attack involving malware 69% were ransomware attacks.

 

CYBER SECURITY IN THE NEWS

Lithuania says throw away Chinese phones due to censorship concerns

Proton mail under fire over police data handover

Frustrated dev drops three zero-day vulns affecting Apple iOS 15 after six-month wait

The Biggest DDoS Attack in History Hit Russian Tech Giant Yandex

Ransomware now accounts for 69% of all attacks that use malware

$5.9 million ransomware attack on farming co-op may cause food shortage

Olympus Suffers a Suspected BlackMatter Ransomware Attack

REvil reappears after brief absence

Epik data breach impacts 15 million users, including non-customers

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