A roundup of UK focused Cyber and Information Security News, Blog Posts, Reports and general Threat Intelligence from the previous calendar month, June 2021.
|CCTV Leaked from UK Gov Buildings is a security concern|
Sticking with the workplace spying theme, a French court has ordered Ikea to pay a fine of €1m after the Swedish furniture chain was found guilty of spying on staff in France. Ikea France was accused of using private detectives and police officers to collect staff's private data.
With so many more people working from home during the pandemic, employers have stepped up the extent to which they are monitoring their staff online. Not so many years ago, employees were having to adjust to having their work emails monitored, but that seems almost quaint compared to the digital surveillance we are seeing today. Dr Evronia Azer, from Coventry University’s Centre for Business in Society, says surveillance at work can make employees feel vulnerable, leading to reduced productivity. In a recent blog, she offers solutions to curb this trend.
FIFA 21 Source Code Stolen
Game publishing giant, Electronic Arts (EA), reported a hack involving the theft of several of their games source-code, including FIFA 21, the source code of which has been offered for sale on an underground forum. While some 780Gb of EA data was stolen, EA said no player data had been stolen. "We are investigating a recent incident of intrusion into our network where a limited amount of game source code and related tools were stolen," an EA spokesperson said in a statement. "No player data was accessed, and we have no reason to believe there is any risk to player privacy," she added.
EA said it had already improved security and stated that it did not expect "an impact on our games or our business". The "network intrusion" was not a ransomware attack and had happened recently, EA added.
FIFA 21 Source Code Stolen
JBS, the world's largest meat processing company, had some of its global meat production operations ground to a halt after its computer systems were attacked by ransomware. It was reported JBS paid a £7.8m ($11m) Bitcoin ransom payment to the REvil, a Russian linked cybercriminal group. REvil had initially demanded $22 Million, and after paying the ransom, the attackers provided JBS with the decryptor.
|REvil Ransomware Decryptor|
The United States recovered most of the £3.1m ($4.4m) ransom paid to the DarkSide group, responsible for taking the Colonial Pipeline offline last month, an attack which caused several days causing fuel shortages in the United States. DarkSide is thought to operate out of eastern Europe and possibly Russia. Deputy Attorney-General Lisa Monaco said investigators had “found and recaptured” 63.7 Bitcoin worth $2.3m – “the majority” of the ransom paid. Since the ransom was paid thought, the value of Bitcoin has fallen sharply, so a hit has been taken on the recovered amount given the new poorer exchange rate.
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- Classified Ministry of Defence Documents found at Bus Stop
- UK Gov to Investigate How Internal CCTV footage of Hancock kissing aide Gina Coladangelo was obtained by the Press
- Gaming Giant, EA, Hacked and Source Code Stolen
- How Hackers are using Gamers to become Crypto-rich
- US Recovers $2.3 million of paid Bitcoin Colonial Pipeline Ransom
- Group linked to Russia is behind Hacking of World's Largest Meatpacking Company
- Meat giant JBS pays $11m in Ransom to resolve Cyber-Attack
- Digital ad Industry accused of Huge Data Breach
- Why Cyber Gangs won't worry about US-Russia talks
- Chinese Hackers used Pulse Secure Zero-Day Vulnerability to infiltrate MTA systems
- Irish Police to be given Powers over Passwords
- One Fastly Customer Triggered an Internet meltdown
- Costs from Ransomware Attack against Ireland Health System reach £435M
- Ikea Fined One Million Euros for Spying on Staff in France
- John McAfee: Antivirus software entrepreneur found dead in Spanish prison cell
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