In response to the news that a 19-year-old is facing a criminal charge for downloading files from Nova Scotia’s freedom-of-information portal, the following comments from Aaron Zander, IT Engineer at HackerOne:
The Middle East and Asia have become the new hunting ground for malicious APT activity, with hackers using new techniques to target organisations according to new research. It was revealed that there had been a surge in the activities of Chinese-speaking hackers targeting government entities mainly in Taiwan and Malaysia, and CardinalLizard, which in 2018 increased its interest in Malaysia alongside an existing focus on the Philippines, Russia, and Mongolia.
Commentary from the following security expert:
Chris Doman, security researcher at AlienVault, who said:
Asia is certainly a heavily targeted region, but this has been the case for a number of years. It may be that as targeted activity in the West drops off somewhat, by contrast Asian activity seems higher.
By AlienVault’s metrics, we’ve seen North Korean attackers as the most reported on this year in terms of individual campaigns that have been analysed.
We’ve seen both North Korean and some Chinese groups move from primarily espionage based attacks to additionally executing financially motivated attacks, such as crypto-currency mining.
It’s difficult to imagine hackers from North Korea not being directed in some form by the state, even though many now operate outside of the country itself.
In the case of Chinese attackers, it may be that they are trying to supplement income that they used to receive from the state but no longer do.
It’s interesting seeing an uptick in activity from China on Asia. That seems to have been a continuing trend over the past couple of years, as targeting of the West by Chinese hackers has decreased and they have looked to move onto other targets.
Ginetta G60-LT-P1 customers, CEFC TRSM, have completed their driver line-up for the 2018/19 FIA WEC Super Season with the announcement of Oliver Turvey.
Oliver is the sixth and final driver to be confirmed for CEFC TRSM’s two-car entry into the 2018/19 FIA WEC Super Season, which gets underway at Spa Francorchamps in Belgium next month. He will join Oliver Rowland and Alex Brundle in car six. Previously announced Charlie Robertson, Leo Roussel and Dean Stoneman will pilot car five.
AlienVault has just launched a new, free, threat-scanning service for endpoint devices. ‘OTX Threat Hunter’ allows users to check if their critical servers or other endpoints have been infected with malware, and find out immediately if their organisation is at risk.
Accenture released its finding of a global study that showed organisations are getting better at defending cyber attacks, but that they still suffered an average of 30 security breaches a year. Commenting on the news, Bill Evans, a director at identity and access management company, One Identity, said:
It was reported earlier today that hackers are now using tools which automate the process of finding and attacking vulnerable servers. A honeypot experiment, run by cybersecurity firm Cybereason, showed bots performing low-level tasks. This then showed that an automated bot exploited vulnerabilities and other automated tasks, which then allowed the hacker to come in and siphon off gigabytes worth of data.
Bikers beware: danger ahead!
The UK’s most dangerous roads for motorbikes revealed
- The Cat and Fiddle ranks as the most dangerous road for motorbikes –
- The South East has the highest number of riskier roads –
17th April, 2018 – Motorbikes make up just 1% of total road traffic, but account for 19% of all fatal and serious accidents in the UK.
DIESEL car owners hit in the pocket by government U-Turn
- 1 in 4 lost money on diesel cars since ban announced
- over half feel betrayed by government’s mixed messaging
UK diesel car owners (45%) are angry with the government for its change in policy on diesel cars which, they say, has directly hit their pockets.