Posted April 28, 2015
Welcome to the Cyveillance Weekly Cyber Security Trends Report
Since threat intelligence is constantly evolving, we publish this weekly cyber security trends report to keep our customers updated on the latest threats across a variety of industries. You can read an abridged version below. Follow us on Twitter and subscribe to our blog to make sure you don’t miss any of the latest security articles from Cyveillance experts.
Top Cyber Security Incidents
- In the weeks since the World Health Organization officially classified glyphosate as a ‘possible carcinogen to humans,’ activist groups and local governments have increased their efforts to oppose the sale and use of the herbicide. We can expect to see a continued ripple effect on the international arena as well, as many agriculture dominant economies begin to push back against the high levels of required usage of the pesticide.
- Healthcare cybersecurity threats are an increasing issue for the industry, but healthcare data breaches can occur in numerous ways. An apparent shift is underway though, as the major cause of health data breaches is not necessarily due to device theft. Recent research shows that device theft was the leading cause of healthcare data breaches several years ago. However, the Department of Health & Human Services’ (HHS) database on such incidents also shows that cyber attacks were the main issue for the first few months of 2015.
- The House of Representatives last week voted 307-116 to pass the Protecting Cyber Networks Act, a bill designed to allow more fluid sharing of cybersecurity threat data between corporations and government agencies. That new system for sharing information is designed to act as a real-time immune system against hacker attacks, allowing companies to warn one another via government intermediaries about the tools and techniques of advanced hackers.
Legal and Regulations
- Emails sent by President Barack Obama were swept up in a 2014 hack on the White House’s unclassified computer network, and the hackers are presumed to be linked to the Russian government.
- Researchers have identified a serious vulnerability in Magento, the popular e-commerce platform owned by eBay. The security hole exposes the details of millions of individuals who shop on the hundreds of thousands of online stores that use the system.
- Google says it’s working to improve its spam-detection systems in its Google Maps platform after yet another prank allowed a user to upload an inappropriate image to Google Maps.
- Operation Pawn Storm allegedly run by hackers backed by the Russian Governmentis still advancing their infrastructure a great deal, the group is believed to using advanced tactics to hit the targets. Trend Micro revealed that the group has introduced all new infrastructure and is “Zeroing in” onto the targets that includeNATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) members. The group behind Operation Pawn is allegedly linked to government of Russia, and has been operating since 2007. The main targets of this hacking group include defense industry, military, government organizations, and media firms.