Cyber Newsround 2020

Cyber risks are developing all the time and with this comes new threats to individuals and to organisations , the cyber threat landscape will evolve again in 2020.

January 

23rd January 

Mitsubishi Electric Corp has been subject of a cyber attack  which is believed to have been carried out by a Chinese hacking group.

Information relating to government agencies and various business partners was targeted in the attack. In addition to this personal data of over 8,000 employees and a number of graduates was also compromised.

It has not been revealed what type of attack took place and a full investigation is underway.

22nd January 

A member of the Amazon management team has had his mobile phone hacked. This apparently was carried out in 2018 after receiving a WhatsApp messsage that had been sent to the personal account of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia.

It is believed that the encrypted message included a malicious malware file which attacked the mobile phone. As a result of this a large amount of data was accessed within a short space of time but it is not know what data was actually compromised but it did allegedly include details of an extramarital relationship.

This attack has been denied and that the mobile phone of this individual was specifically targeted member with the suggestion that this was in fact a “rogue” operation.

20th January 

An NHS employee has been sacked as a result of hacking into the Royal Stoke University Hospital  where it is understood that 10,000 confidential patient and employees records were downloaded. It was revealed that the was carried out in 2017.

A subsequent attack was carried out by the same individual and the help of another employee where 8,895 images of cardiac tests and hundreds of employees details where accessed together with management information.

Access was obtained as on e of the employees held admin rights  in the heart and lung department. A court case  has recently been taken place where the employee was found guilty under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.

7th January 

Travelex , the foreign exchange company have been hit by a ransomware attack which has resulted in the firm having to switch off their computer systems. The ransom is believed to be $6,000,000.

It is understood that the attack originally took place on New Years Eve and resulted in them taking down their websites across the 3o countries that they operate in throughout the world. The ransomware strain is known as Sodnokibi.run by the REvil hacker gang.

Data has been accessed which includes dates of birth , national insurance numbers and credit card information.

The Metropolitan Police have been alerted and and investigation is under way.

6th January 

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) recently suffered a significant outage, however the UK government suspects that this may have been caused by a cyber attack.

The market was delayed by an hour and half and was the largest outage in over 8 years.The outage is believed to have been a technical software issue which prevented trading from taking place.

GCHQ is reviewing the incident and in particularly the software code that caused the outage and to ascertain whether a cyber attack was behind this incident.

6th January 

It is believed that Iran has launched a series of cyber attacks aimed at low level American organisations in response to the US killing of an Iranian commander..

A reported attack was carried out on a federal government by the Iran Cyber Security Group who left a text on the website of the Federal Depository Library Program with images left that on the website with a tribute to the individual that was killed.

The US expects that further attacks will take place in the coming weeks and months..