Last week, hundreds of German celebrities, politicians and others were hit by what has been described as the biggest data leak of its kind in the country’s history. It has since emerged this week that a 20-year-old living with his parents has confessed to the authorities, claiming he acted alone. If nothing else, it should remind IT security bosses in the UK of the persistent threat from hacktivists, and the need to double down on best practice cybersecurity in 2019. Continue reading →
Yesterday evening French magazine L’Express published a report linking an attack against TV5 Monde very firmly to the Russian state. The attack, which knocked 11 of its global channels off air for a period of time and resulted in a compromised website and Facebook page, took place back in April.
At the time when the attack took place, a group calling itself CyberCaliphate immediately took responsibility for the hack and went on to publish details purportedly of serving French military personnel involved in the struggle against Islamic State or ISIS. The attribution at the time seems simple and immediate; Islamic Extremist motivated hacktivism. Continue reading →
UK law enforcers were in celebratory mood last week after a major co-ordinated strike against cyber criminals across the country. In total, 57 suspects were arrested in 25 separate operations nationwide for a range of offences, from DDoS to phishing and online fraud to malware distribution. One suspect was even arrested on suspicion of hacking US Department of Defence systems. Continue reading →