One of the labs in Oxford University, involved in Covid-19 research was targeted by cyber attackers, revealed an investigation by Forbes. The attack that happened in the middle of the month didn’t affect clinical research. It is not clear who was behind the attack. Forbes said that the machines used to prepare biochemical samples were the ones affected. NCSC, a branch of the British intelligence agency GCHQ, will investigate the attack.
English football club Manchester United is working with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to assess the damage caused by a cyberattack last week. Earlier, a cyber attack on Man U’s network caused disruption on its IT infrastructure. Media channels, website and mobile app of the club were unaffected by the attack. The club’s IT team has identified source of the attack and shut down the affected systems to contain the damage and protect data.
National Cyber Security Coordinator Lt Gen (Dr) Rajesh Pant said that Cybercrimes caused a loss of Rs 1.25 lakh cr in the country in 2019. He said that cyber threats will continue to rise following the development of smart cities and 5G network rollout. The NCSC said that only a few Indian firms make cybersecurity products and there is a big gap in the sector. Pant said that it is not only apps but there are 15 different attack vectors from where a mobile phone can be hacked.
NCSC Lt Gen Rajesh Pant asked firms to audit their cybersecurity infrastructure, as the government is working to trim down dependency on foreign apps, software. He advised organisation, during the audit, focus on the weakest link — human resources. Pant urged companies to reduce the dependency of foreign software, apps. ” The audit is done by an empanelled auditor and we have many auditors empanelled in India as on today,” he said.