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Information Security News (May 2020)

​​Dominic Raab Condemns #COVID19 Cyber-Attacks as NCSC and CISA Release APT Advisory

The UK Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, has said he has evidence that advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic to attack national and international organizations that are responding to the crisis. During the UK government’s daily coronavirus press briefing today, Raab confirmed the government is working with those organizations facing targeted campaigns to ensure they are aware of the threat and can take steps to protect themselves from such attacks.

“We know that cyber-criminals and other malicious groups are targeting individuals, businesses and other organizations by deploying COVID-19-related scams and phishing emails. That includes groups in the cybersecurity world known as APT groups; sophisticated networks of hackers who try to breach computer systems,” said Raab.

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NCSC shines light on scams being foiled via pioneering new reporting service

The UK public flags more than 160,000 suspicious emails leading to removal of over 300 fake websites.

  • The NCSC reveals range of scam sites blocked due to great take up by public
  • Public flag over 160,000 suspicious emails to new service in just two weeks
  • Reports quadrupled after backing by MoneySavingExpert's Martin Lewis
  • Scams included coronavirus exploitation through fake offers of testing kits and face masks

CYBER security experts today lifted the lid on some of the online scams which the public have reported to the UK's pioneering new Suspicious Email Reporting Service.

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Danger zone! Brit research supercomputer ARCHER's login nodes exploited in cyber-attack, admins reset passwords and SSH keys

Updated One of Britain's most powerful academic supercomputers has fallen victim to a "security exploitation" of its login nodes, forcing the rewriting of all user passwords and SSH keys.

The intrusion, which is understood to be under investigation by GCHQ offshoot the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), rendered the ARCHER high-performance computing (HPC) network unavailable to its users on Tuesday.

Sysadmins warned ARCHER users that their SSH keys may have been compromised as a result of the apparent attack, advising them to "change passwords and SSH keys on any other systems which you share your ARCHER credentials with".

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UK universities each suffering a week’s downtime a year, FoIs reveal

British universities are experiencing an average of nearly a week’s unplanned network downtime a year, as a result of cyber attacks and IT failures, new research has revealed.

The findings were uncovered through freedom of information requests sent to Britain’s top 100 universities, in an effort to gauge the organisations’ preparedness for major incidents.

The FoI survey, conducted by the disaster recovery specialist Veeam, also found that on average organisations suffered 17.5 unplanned outages a year, typically lasting around nine and a half hours. In one case, an outage lasted three days.

Although the research didn’t uncover any evidence of data loss that warranted a report to the ICO, Veeam described the figures as “concerning”: “Downtime is when a system is at its most vulnerable. If universities’ don’t have testing processes or their systems are not up to date, each of these outages could be disastrous and result in data loss.”

The news comes as British universities, many of which are involved in developing research for coronavirus vaccines, treatments and testing, are facing a surge in attacks.

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