This Week in Security News

Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days.

Below you’ll find a quick recap of topics followed by links to news articles and/or our blog posts providing additional insight. Be sure to check back each Friday for highlights of the goings-on each week!


Following WannaCry, We’ve Detected UIWIX, Adylkuzz, and EternalRocks

Ransomware has gained global attention over the course of the last two weeks due to the huge spread of WannaCry. Following the initial attacks, we’ve seen UIWIXAdylkuzz and now EternalRocks come onto the scene leveraging the same core set of vulnerabilities. 

Attackers are Using LNK Files to Download Malware

PowerShell is a versatile command-line and shell scripting language from Microsoft that can integrate and interact with a wide array of technologies. It runs discreetly in the background, and can be used to obtain system information without an executable file. 

Bizarre New Cyberattack Lets Hackers Gain Control of Your TV through Subtitles

If you use a Kodi box to watch films and programs, you may want to steer away from any subtitled options. Security experts have warned of a new cyber-attack that is delivered when movie subtitles are loaded by the user’s media player. 

WannaCry Highlights Major Security Shortcomings Ahead of GDPR D-Day

For all the panic it caused, WannaCry looks finally to have been contained by organizations round the globe. But this isn’t the time to forget about it and move on. There are valuable lessons to be learned about this attack, why it was so successful and what can be done to prevent it from happening again. 

Crysis Ransomware Master Keys Released to the Public

The world has been rocked by WannaCry causing disruption and upheaval across core services and businesses alike over the past week, but there is good news for victims of Crysis with the release of 200 master keys to the public.                                

Firms Fret as China Implements New Cybersecurity Law

Just days before China’s new Cybersecurity Law goes into force, companies are grappling with rules that could tighten what is already one of the world’s most restricted technology regimes. Recent changes to the language of the law ahead of its June 1 implementation could drag in a wider array of services and products. 

64-Bit Malware Threat May Be Small Now, but It’s Only Set to Grow

The volume of 64-bit malware in the wild remains low even though computers running 64-bit operating systems became ubiquitous years ago. The vast majority (93 per cent) of new computers sold worldwide operate on 64-bit Windows but most nasties were written to infect 32-bit systems. 

The IoT and Smart Cities Are Under Attack

Internet of Things technology is now more widespread than many people realize. Today, every group from enterprise businesses to city governments is utilizing intelligent, internet- and Bluetooth-enabled devices to make a variety of critical capabilities possible.

Victims Called Hackers’ Bluff as Ransomware Deadline Neared

With the clock ticking on whether a global hacking attack would wipe out his data, Bolton Jiang had no intention of paying a 21st-century ransom. “Even if you do pay, you won’t necessarily be able to open the files that are hit,” he said. “There is no solution to it.”

Cybersecurity Careers Are More Desirable Than Ever

The FBI has seen a steady uptick in internet crime complaints since 2013, and cybersecurity is expected to be an even greater concern this year. And it isn’t limited to tech-fields – cybersecurity touches every industry. From major utilities to retail, a future in cybersecurity may be the right fit for you.

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