Stuxnet was about geopolitics. Colonial was about money (and perhaps geopolitics too). What links the two attacks – which occurred more than a decade apart – is that Industrial Control Systems (ICS) were affected by the attacks. One directly, the other indirectly.
Official figures for the year to December 2020 show levels of online fraud increased by up to 70 per cent, while almost all other types of crime were in decline. Further analysis showed a significant gap between reported online fraud and the estimated true amount, thought to be around six times higher.
Home Secretary Priti Patel outlined the U.K. Government’s position on ransomware payments: ‘Paying a ransom in response to a ransomware [attack] does not guarantee a successful outcome, it will not protect a network from future attacks, nor will it prevent the possibility of future data leaks. In fact, paying a ransom is likely to encourage criminality to continue with this approach.’
There are some key reasons why in house penetration testing is not sufficient but to understand these, it is important to first understand the pros and cons of both in-house and third-party penetration testing.
For cyber-security specialists, May 12th, 2017 was (and still is) an extremely significant day. Why? Because cybercrime dominated the headlines.
After a very well received SASIG webinar centred on anonymisation, we look back on the important points raised by the panel and our Vice Chairman, Tarquin Folliss OBE, who led the discussion.
GCHQ Director Jeremy Fleming emphasises the importance of the Integrated Review and its recommendations in the Vincent Briscoe Annual Security Lecture.
RUSI has published its report on the UK and cyber fraud this month. It makes stark reading. Too often referred to as a ‘victimless crime’, cyber fraud is nothing of the kind. It does untold psychological harm to its victims, many of whom are also left destitute or robbed of their life savings.
It has been an important week for Cyber Security in the United States with several key announcements from President Biden and his administration on funding and appointments as well as a response to the Solar Winds attack.