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Suspected ransomware attack hits Scottish council

Public services across the Na h-Eileanan Siar – the Outer Hebrides – in Scotland continue to be disrupted following a suspected ransomware attack on the IT systems of the local council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Writing on X, the website formerly known as Twitter, a spokesperson for Comhairle nan Eilean Siar said: “Access to Comhairle…

Revealed: How Russia’s Sandworm ramped up attacks on Ukraine’s critical infrastructure

Google Cloud-backed threat intelligence specialist Mandiant has shared details of a disruptive incident late last year, in which the Sandworm advanced persistent threat (APT) group, backed by Russian’s GRU intelligence and special forces agency, deployed novel techniques in a cyber attack on Ukraine’s power infrastructure. Sandworm is well known for its interest in Ukraine’s critical…

Ransomware dwell times now measured in hours, says Secureworks

The cyber security industry has done so well at detecting suspicious activity that may be a precursor to a ransomware attack, that when cyber criminals succeed in breaking into a victim’s network, they are deploying and executing their lockers quicker than ever before, according to data contained in Secureworks’ annual State of the Threat report.…

Red Cross issues rules of engagement for hackers in conflicts

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has created the first ever “rules of engagement” for civilian hackers operating in conflict zones. The ICRC said that while civilian hackers operating in armed conflicts is nothing new, the outbreak of war between Russia and Ukraine has pushed their involvement to “unprecedented proportions”. It warned in…

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