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Ransomware, the rising cost of data breaches, and the U.S. points finger at China for Microsoft Exchange Server attacks

On this week’s Cyber Security Brief, we discuss some recent ransomware stories, as well as giving a sneak peek into some research we have been doing into ransomware. We also talk about recent announcements from U.S. authorities that attributed some recent cyber attacks, including the Microsoft Exchange Server campaign, to Chinese actors, and we also discuss the rising cost of data breaches. This is the last podcast of season 3, we will be taking a short break and will return with new episodes in September.

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Kaseya ransomware supply chain attack, new SolarWinds vulnerability, and the rising cost of cyber insurance

On this week’s Cyber Security Brief, Gavin O’Gorman joins us to discuss the Kaseya ransomware supply chain attack that occurred over the July 4 holiday weekend in the U.S. The REvil/Sodinokibi ransomware gang were behind this attack, and Gavin and Dick O’Brien discuss whether this is a sign that we now need to be aware of ransomware actors targeting victims through supply chain attacks, which would more traditionally be associated with state-sponsored hackers, as well as some of the other interesting aspects of this attack. Meanwhile, Brigid O Gorman discusses the latest news of a new vulnerability in SolarWinds software being exploited by a Chinese hacking group, energy companies being targeted in a year-long espionage campaign, and the rising cost of cyber insurance.

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Ransomware attackers using virtual machines, over-60s lost $1 billion online in 2020, and the EU launches a new cyber security unit

On this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, Dick O’Brien fills us in on the latest research we have published on our blog about how a growing number of ransomware attackers are using virtual machines in their attacks. We also discuss a few other ransomware-related stories, including REvil introducing a new Linux version of its ransomware, a Babuk ransomware builder being leaked online, and a couple of stories showing the amount of money that can be involved in ransomware operations. Elsewhere, the FBI recently released a report stating that over-60s lost around $1 billion through online fraud in 2020, the U.S. Secret Service released a cyber crime Most Wanted list, a FIN7 gang member was jailed, and the EU launched a new cyber security unit.

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Ransomware, takedowns, and political promises to tackle cyber crime

In this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, Dick O’Brien and Brigid O Gorman discuss some of the biggest cyber security stories of the last two weeks. Ransomware has once again dominated the news headlines, with news about huge ransom payments and ransom recovery operations being reported. Meanwhile, cyber security comes to the fore in the political sphere following pronouncements from the G7 and NATO summits. Elsewhere, attackers leveraged Slack to attack one of the world’s biggest gaming companies, one of the largest online marketplaces for stolen credentials in the world was taken down by authorities, and how law enforcement used a backdoored chat app to spy on criminals, leading to hundreds of arrests.

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In-depth look at the ransomware attack on Ireland’s national health service, as major meat producer JBS also hit with ransomware

On this week’s Cyber Security Brief podcast, Dick O’Brien and Brigid O’Gorman are joined by Symantec threat researcher Gavin O’Gorman to discuss the Conti ransomware attack on Ireland’s national health service, how the response to this attack is going, and what the likely consequences of it may be. Elsewhere, another ransomware attack, this time on the world’s largest meat producer, JBS Foods, and Sweden’s Public Health Agency is also hit with some hack attempts. Meanwhile, the alleged leader of an ATM fraud gang responsible for stealing more than $1 billion from tourists, is arrested in Mexico.

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