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Quite a week in the threat landscape with a number of significant IT and cyber events making the headlines.
📮 LockBit hits the Royal Mail
One of the UK's mail delivery services, the Royal Mail, was hit with the LockBit ransomware. LockBit is a seemingly unstoppable ransomware affiliate program. Threat actors using the rentable tool compromise the network, steal data, encrypt the network, and then upload the data to the LockBit website. If you pay up (usually millions of dollars in Bitcoin) they don't publish your sensitive files and send you the decryption keys. This will be a unique opportunity for the Royal Mail to test its ransomware playbook. Not something I'd like to be testing myself! Read more.
📃 President Biden's poor document handling
I've been guilty of it, talking about cyber security when I really mean information security. Information security covers physical documents, whereas cyber doesn't. One of the things you learn in Intelligence school is how to handle 'protected documents'. From Unclassified ones, all the way up to Top Secret and beyond. There are strict sign-in, sign-out, retention rules and destruction policies to follow. However, they don't seem to be followed well by senior people. Multiple sets of classified documents have been found dating back to the Obama administration in offices that Biden used during the time. Trump is also being confronted over more than one hundred documents that were illegally held by him. It's a messy business. Printers. Weren't we supposed to be in a post-printer world by now? Read more.
✈️ All USA flights grounded
This one wasn't a hack, but an IT 'glitch'. A corrupted database to be precise. Either way, it grounded every single flight in the USA! The cause? A key system used to notify pilots and ground staff of hazards suffered a major failure on Tuesday night. The fault lay with the NOTAM (Notice to Air Missions) system, which keeps pilots and other airport staff updated about aviation hazards and airport facilities. Here's a quote from a senior official who briefed ABC News:
"An engineer replaced one file with another without realising the mistake."
I'm sure there will be a lot of lessons learned about 'pushing to production' from this incident. Read more.
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