This week’s round up in I.T. and tech news is the first of the month. It looks at the recent high-profile cyber-attacks in which the UK has already pointed the finger at Russia’s GRU, alongside stories on a new Facebook hack and a fast-tracked Windows 10 update.
UK government blames Russia’s military intelligence for four high profile cyber-attacks
This is the first time that the UK has named and blamed the GRU, Russian Military Intelligence service, with “high confidence”. It has been reported this week that Russia’s military intelligence targeted businesses in Russia and Ukraine with cyber-attacks, in addition to the US Democratic party and a small TV network in the UK.
As reported online by the BBC, The NCSC says hackers from the GRU, operated under a dozen different names and targeted:
- The systems database of the Montreal-based World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada), using phishing to gain passwords. Athletes’ data was later published.
- The Democratic National Committee in 2016, when emails and chats were obtained and subsequently published online. The US authorities have already linked this to Russia.
- Ukraine’s Kyiv metro and Odessa airport, Russia’s central bank, and two privately-owned Russian media outlets - Fontanka.ru and news agency Interfax - in October 2017. They used ransomware to encrypt the contents of a computer and demand payment.
- An unnamed small UK-based TV station between July and August 2015, when multiple email accounts were accessed and content stolen. Police also believed the attackers worked for the same group which are thought to have undertaken the Salisbury poisoning earlier this year. Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, stated that the attacks were ‘reckless’, with ‘no legitimate national security interest’.
Police also believed the attackers worked for the same group which are thought to have undertaken the Salisbury poisoning earlier this year. Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, stated that the attacks were ‘reckless’, with ‘no legitimate national security interest’.
It certainly makes for unpleasant reading – we’ll watch this story as it develops further.
Facebook could be fined if found to be in breach of GDPR
Facebook recently suffered a hack which is believed to have been its biggest. 50 million Facebook accounts may have been accessed due to a coding fault and it was certainly a bad day in the office for its cybersecurity team.
This week it has been reported that if Facebook is found to be in breach of GDPR regulations, it could be fined a hefty sum of money - £1.25bn if the Wall Street Journal is to be believed!
Facebook has now fixed the issue and the Irish Data Protection Commission has said that it believes less than 10% of the figure touted are European accounts. We await an investigation and verdict as to whether Facebook’s difficult year is about to get worse.
Read more on this via CNN.
Windows 10 1809 is here
The new Windows 10 software has arrived and has skipped the Release Preview phase. Microsoft has coded it so that it can be downloaded onto your desktop now, if you don’t want to wait for it to be automatically downloaded that is.
Microsoft seems confident in its new update, but it has been said that this might be because there’s actually not that much in it! Commentators on social media have argued the toss, back and forth, as they usually do but we’d suggest you make your own mind up.
Take a look at the full story of Windows’ new release here. What’s your opinion?
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