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New York City launches a cyberdefense center in Manhattan

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Infrastructure cyberattacks are quickly becoming a significant problem in the US, and New York City is opening a facility that could help fend off those potentially dangerous hacks. The Wall Street Journalreports that NYC has launched a long-in-the-making Cyber Critical Services and Infrastructure (CCSI) operations center in Manhattan to defend against major cyberattacks.

The initiative’s members are a mix of public and private sector organizations that include Amazon, the Federal Reserve Bank, IBM, the New York Police Department and multiple healthcare providers. If a cyberattack hits, they’ll ideally cooperate closely to both overcome the attack and muster a city response if the digital offensive hobbles NYC’s infrastructure.

Politicians first floated the idea in 2017, but CCSI has been a strictly virtual initiative until now.

NYC is the first US city to have such a cyberdefense center, but it might not be the last. Cities like Atlanta and Baltimore have reeled from ransomware attacks in recent years, in numerous cases taking a long time (and a lot of money) to recover. A coordinated operations facility could help those cities bounce back quickly from a wide variety of hacks, or at least mitigate the damage.

Source: https://www.engadget.com/new-york-city-cyberattack-defense-center-131728692.html?src=rss
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Jon Fingas

It’s ransomware, or maybe a disk wiper, and it’s striking targets in Israel

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Researchers say they’ve uncovered never-before-seen disk-wiping malware that’s disguising itself as ransomware as it unleashes destructive attacks on Israeli targets.

Apostle, as researchers at security firm SentinelOne are calling the malware, was initially deployed in an attempt to wipe data but failed to do so, likely because of a logic flaw in its code. The internal name its developers gave it was “wiper-action.” In a later version, the bug was fixed and the malware gained full-fledged ransomware behaviors, including the leaving of notes demanding victims pay a ransom in exchange for a decryption key.

A clear line

In a post published Tuesday, SentinelOne researchers said they assessed with high confidence that, based on the code and the servers Apostle reported to, the malware was being used by a never-before-seen group with ties to the Iranian government. While a ransomware note they recovered suggested that Apostle had been used against a critical facility in the United Arab Emirates, the primary target was Israel.

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Source: https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2021/05/disk-wiping-malware-with-irananian-fingerprints-is-striking-israeli-targets/
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Israel appears to confirm it carried out cyberattack on Iran nuclear facility

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Shutdown happened hours after Natanz reactor’s new centrifuges were started

Israel appeared to confirm claims that it was behind a cyber-attack on Iran’s main nuclear facility on Sunday, which Tehran’s nuclear energy chief described as an act of terrorism that warranted a response against its perpetrators.

The apparent attack took place hours after officials at the Natanz reactor restarted spinning advanced centrifuges that could speed up the production of enriched uranium, in what had been billed as a pivotal moment in the country’s nuclear programme.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/apr/11/israel-appears-confirm-cyberattack-iran-nuclear-facility
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Martin Chulov Middle East correspondent

Trump administration proposes splitting Cyber Command from the NSA

811de330-42dc-11eb-9fd6-408863ac6cbcThe Trump administration elevated the role of Cyber Command in 2018, and now it’s apparently ready to give the division its own berth. Defense One reports that officials have proposed splitting Cyber Command leadership from the NSA. It’s not certain…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/cyber-command-nsa-split-up-proposal-165205913.html
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From Lone Wolf to Organised Crime – Where Cyber Threats Come From

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There’s more than one type of threat actor, and they’re all differently skilled. Which do you need to worry about and which pose little or no threat? We explain it to you.

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Source: https://www.cloudsavvyit.com/8549/from-lone-wolf-to-organised-crime-where-cyber-threats-come-from/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Dave McKay