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White House says Russia’s spy agency SVR behind SolarWinds hack

The White House, in a statement, said that Russia’s foreign intelligence service, SVR, was behind the SolarWinds hack, which stole data from nine federal agencies and 100s of private firms. Russian govt was always believed to behind the cyber attack, but the statement is the first formal acquisition. The White House also announced a series of sanctions against five Russian cybersecurity firms said to be involved in supporting hack.

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Mobile cyberattacks in India surged 845% in six months: Check Point

Mobile cyberattacks in India jumped 845% to 12,719 in March 2021 from 1,345 cases in Oct 2020, said Check Point Software Technologies in a report. The report revealed that ISPs in India, during the first phase of lockdown, had received cyberattack alerts from corporate clients almost every alternate day compared with an average of once a week before the lockdowns. The report said that 97% of firms across the globe faced mobile threats from several attack vectors.

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Airtel receives CERT-IN empanelment to offer services to govt agencies, PSUs

Bharti Airtel has been empanelled by the CERT-IN, which will allow the Gurgaon based telco to offer cyber-security solutions to the central and state governments as well as PSUs, besides corporate clients. Airtel provides end-to-end managed security services to enterprise clients under Airtel Secure, which is a combination of Airtel’s network security with solutions delivered through global partnerships.

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SolarWinds hacker accessed emails of top US Homeland Security officials

SolarWinds hackers have got access to email accounts of the Trump administration’s head of the Department of Homeland Security and other key members, the department responsible for eliminating threats emanating from foreign soil, news agency AP said. The intelligence value of hacking is not known yet. The hack, however,  raises serious questions over the USA govt’s ability to protect individuals, firms and institutions, if it can’t protect itself.

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Enterprise infosec, risk management spending in India $2.08 bn in 2021: Gartner

Enterprises and end-users will spend $2.08 bn in 2021 on information security and risk management. An increase of 9.5% from 2020, said Gartner. “The overnight move to WFH in reaction to the pandemic exposed organisations’ vulnerabilities,” said Prateek Bhajanka, senior principal research analyst at Gartner. “While security leaders had to cut down on their security spending in 2020 because of IT budget-cuts, in 2021, this trend is reversing,” he added.

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Cybercriminals can get full access to text messages for just Rs 1,160

Cybercriminals are misusing SMS management services by paying as less as Rs 1,160 to redirect text messages to access two-factor codes/login SMSes. The cyber-attack is being planned and carried out in connivance with telecom firms employees claimed a Motherboard report. Cybercriminals, using the services, can also reply to SMEes. “It is better to use an app like Google Authenticator or Authy. Some password managers even have support for 2FA built-in,” the report recommended.

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TCS launches a SaaS-based platform to mitigate cyber risk for enterprises

TCS launched a SaaS-based ‘Automated Vulnerability Remediation platform’ to help firms in identifying and prioritising vulnerabilities in its software libraries and proactively fixing them. It will also build and execute a contextual, risk-focused and effective vulnerability management programme. Santha Subramoni, Global Head, Cyber Security, TCS, said customers need to remediate pre-existing vulnerabilities and put them in place to mitigate new ones.

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Attacks on firms using Microsoft email servers 6X in 72 hrs

Check Point Research in a new report said that the attempts by Cybercriminals to hack firms using unpatched Microsoft business email servers on-premises servers have multiplied 6X in the past 72 hrs. The US with 21% of all attempts tops the list of countries, followed by the Netherlands (12%) and Turkey (12 %). Govt/military (27 %) is the most targeted industry sector, followed by manufacturing (22 %) and then software vendors (9 %).

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China-backed hackers exploiting Exchange zero-days: Microsoft

Microsoft has warned customers about new China state-sponsored threat actors prying on the vulnerability of four previously undisclosed security flaws in the Exchange Server. The company said, the hacking group, which it calls Hafnium, exploited the security vulnerabilities, fix patches of those are released by Microsoft, to break into exchange email servers running on company networks, and allowing attackers to steal data from a victim’s organisation.