Weekly Cyber News Roundup

September 4th  to September 8th 2023


01. News Bites
  • Sensitive UK military data leaked by LockBit group
  • Half of Switzerland’s largest companies are victims of cyber attacks
  • German financial regulator hit by DDoS attack
  • UK Electoral Commission failed a basic cyber security test prior to breach
  • Russian cyber attacks strike Czech banks stolen
02. Conclusion

Quick News Bites

Sensitive UK military data leaked by LockBit group

The LockBit ransomware group has exposed potentially sensitive British military and intelligence data. The affected company, Wolverhampton-based fencing systems manufacturer, Zaun, confirmed the cyber-attack took place on August 5-6. The breach was traced back to an old Windows 7 PC. Though the company believed no data was initially transferred, they later discovered 10 GB of data had been downloaded. The contents possibly included emails, order details, drawings, and project files.

LockBit took responsibility on August 13, setting a ransom deadline of August 29. When Zaun didn't pay, some data was published online. Contrary to Zaun's belief that no sensitive data was compromised, The Daily Mirror reported the exposed data could assist unauthorized access to various British military and intelligence locations.

Zaun argued that any compromised data wouldn’t offer more insights than what’s already publicly available. The West Midlands Regional Cyber Crime Unit has initiated an investigation into the breach.

Prominent UK figures, including Labour MP Kevan Jones and Tory MP Tobias Ellwood, expressed serious concerns over national security implications. Ellwood emphasized the evolving nature of threats in the digital age.

Zaun has reached out to the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the ICO regarding the issue.

Half of Switzerland’s largest companies are victims of cyber attacks

 A new report has revealed Nearly half of Switzerland's large businesses have been a victim of cyber attacks. The study, conducted by Deloitte and Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, revealed 45% of companies with over 250 employees experienced a cyber attack. In contrast, only 18% of businesses with fewer than 50 employees reported similar incidents. The data suggests that larger companies are more attractive targets for cybercriminals due to their global presence. However, smaller businesses might not report all attacks to their boards.

Florian Schutz, responsible for Switzerland's national cyber protection, noted that many small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) don't have the resources for robust cyber security measures. The study also highlighted companies' lack of preparation; only 57% have a clear cyber security strategy. Cyber attacks lead to business disruptions, with 42% affected, and also target customers, with 11% reporting subsequent customer attacks. Recovering from such attacks can be costly and damaging beyond just the impacted company.

German financial regulator hit by DDoS attack

Over the weekend, the German financial market regulator, BaFin, was hit by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that caused its website to become inaccessible for several days. The institution, however, assures that its other systems were unaffected.

On Monday, BaFin officially announced via its X channel (previously Twitter) that it had been targeted by a DDoS attack. As a countermeasure, the regulator temporarily blocked access to its website and introduced additional security protocols. A statement translated from German on their social media post reassured that all other systems were operating without interruptions. Attempts to access the BaFin website displayed an "unreachable" message.

UK Electoral Commission failed Cyber Essentials assessment prior to breach

The Electoral Commission failed to pass a basic cyber-security test during the period when hackers infiltrated their system, according to a whistleblower who spoke to the BBC. Last month, the Commission disclosed that "hostile actors" penetrated its email system, potentially accessing data of 40 million voters. The Commission's spokeswoman confirmed that the organisation had not yet cleared the basic cyber-security test.

In 2021, hackers accessed the Commission's systems, potentially viewing 40 million registered voters' details. The identity of the hackers and their method of breaching the system remains undisclosed. However, during the hacking period, a Cyber Essentials audit deemed the Commission non-compliant with its standards. The government-supported Cyber Essentials scheme promotes best practices in cyber-security. While certification is voluntary, it's a critical requirement for suppliers handling specific sensitive information.

The Commission's 2021 certification failure was attributed to several reasons, including outdated software on staff laptops and the use of older iPhones that no longer received security updates. Daniel Card, a cyber-security consultant, noted that it remains uncertain if these lapses facilitated the hack but highlighted the Commission's overall weak security posture.

The UK's Information Commissioner's Office is now urgently investigating the cyber-attack. The Electoral Commission emphasized its ongoing efforts to bolster cyber-security, drawing on the expertise of the NCSC.

Russian cyber attacks strike Czech banks

Several Czech banks and the Prague Stock Exchange fell victim to cyberattacks last Wednesday and Thursday. Banks such as Komerční banka, Česká spořitelna, ČSOB, Air Bank, and Fio banka faced issues, as reported by the Czech News Agency. These institutions confirmed the cyber incidents, assuring that while there were temporary disruptions in services, the finances of their clients remained secure. Specifically, Česká spořitelna experienced DDoS attacks, which overload servers without harming the underlying systems or data. Raiffeisenbank and Moneta Money Bank also reported similar attacks, resulting in website and mobile banking outages. Meanwhile, the Prague Stock Exchange's website continued to experience problems after the attack. The Russian hacktivist group NoName057(16) took responsibility for the cyberattacks on Thursday, demanding the institutions cease their support for Ukraine.

Closing Summary

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