Week Ending: 7th January - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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Happy New Year! It’s our first round up of 2022 and we’re excited to see what this year holds for cybersecurity. We wouldn’t blame you if you were more focused on getting back into the flow of returning to work, but worry not, our trusty round up is here to catch you up on what’s been happing in the world of tech and I.T.

This week we take a look at the launch of AMD’s new Ryzen laptop processors, malware being distributed by fake Telegram Messenger apps and Google’s acquisition of cybersecurity experts, Siempify.

Let’s get you caught up.

AMD is the first to implement Microsoft Pluton

This week, AMD launched its Ryzen 6000 laptop processors, and they are the first to include Microsoft’s new Pluton security processor – which is designed to bring Xbox like security to Windows PCs to secure hardware and cryptographic keys.

Notably, in launching the processors, AMD beats the likes of Intel and Qualcomm when it comes to integrating the latest security feature. CPU’s featuring the Pluton processor are designed to block new and emerging attack vendors which are often used to compromise PCs. Taking its learnings from the Xbox, which has physical attack protections, enables Windows PCs to offer the same sense of protection and security.

AMD CEO Lisa Su explained,

“Our co-development work with Microsoft eliminates entire attack vectors on notebooks, better protecting critical data like system credentials, user identities, encryption keys, and personal information.”

Learn more about the processors here.

Fake Telegram Messenger app hacks PCs with lethal malware which goes unnoticed by anti-virus software

Anti-virus systems are currently being tested by PCs with a fake version of the popular Telegram Messenger app installed. Many cybersecurity researchers have warned that the malware being distributed by the fake app is putting your information at risk because the malware is currently evading anti-virus systems.

According to reports by Minerva Labs, fake installers of the Telegram messaging app are being used to distribute the Windows-based ‘Purple Fox’ back door on compromised systems.

Researcher, Natalie Zargarov said,

"We found a large number of malicious installers delivering the same ‘Purple Fox’ rootkit version using the same attack chain. It seems like some were delivered via email, while others we assume were downloaded from phishing websites".
During the investigation, it was discovered that the threat actor was able to leave most parts of the attack under the radar by separating the attack into several smaller files with very low detection rates, “with the final stage leading to Purple Fox rootkit infection”.

Read more here.

Google confirms acquisition of cybersecurity specialist, Siemplify

In a move to tackle its credibility surrounding cybersecurity breaches, Google is kicking up its operations in cloud-based and enterprise security. On January 4th, they seemingly confirmed that it had acquired Siemplify, an Israel based cybersecurity start-up that specialises in end-to-end security services for enterprises.

Although the price has not been directly disclosed, sources close to the deal have confirmed that the figure sits somewhere around $500m, as detailed in various reports. Both Google and Siempify’s CEO’s have noted that the acquired platform will be integrated into the Google Cloud Platform, specifically its Chronicle operation.

The acquisition comes at critical time for cybersecurity, the bigger picture being that many security breaches show no sign of abating, a concept further propelled by sophisticated malicious hackers. It becomes ever more crucial as more organisations and consumers bring more and more of their infrastructure and everyday activities online and into the cloud.

Find out more here.

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