Ransomware can interfere with elections and fuel disinformation – basic cybersecurity precautions are key to minimizing the damage

Richard Forno, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Government computer systems in Hall County, Georgia, including a voter signature database, were hit by a ransomware attack earlier this fall in the first known ransomware attack on election infrastructure during the 2020 presidential election. Thankfully, county officials reported that the voting process for its citizens was not… Continue reading Ransomware can interfere with elections and fuel disinformation – basic cybersecurity precautions are key to minimizing the damage

Remote education is rife with threats to student privacy

Nir Kshetri, University of North Carolina – Greensboro An online “proctor” who can survey a student’s home and manipulate the mouse on their computer as the student takes an exam. A remote-learning platform that takes face scans and voiceprints of students. Virtual classrooms where strangers can pop up out of the blue and see who’s… Continue reading Remote education is rife with threats to student privacy

Australian hospitals are under constant cyber attack. The consequences could be deadly

Paul Haskell-Dowland, Edith Cowan University Last week, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) issued warnings to Australian health-care providers that it had observed an increase in cyber incidents targeting the sector. These attacks seem to be aimed at infiltrating networks and burrowing deep into their infrastructure before deploying further attacks. The ACSC is tasked with… Continue reading Australian hospitals are under constant cyber attack. The consequences could be deadly

Cyberattacks are on the rise amid work from home – how to protect your business

Michael Parent, Simon Fraser University Experienced outdoor athletes know that with winter rapidly approaching, the secret to success lies in protecting the core. That is, the body’s core temperature through layering, wicking and a host of ever-improving technical fabrics that prevent the cold, snow and ice from affecting performance. The same could be said for… Continue reading Cyberattacks are on the rise amid work from home – how to protect your business

K-12 schools need to take cyberattacks more seriously

Nir Kshetri, University of North Carolina – Greensboro Teachers in Baltimore County Public Schools knew something was wrong late in the day on Nov. 24 when they began to experience trouble entering grades into the school district’s computer system. Around the same time, the video for a meeting of the district’s school board abruptly cut… Continue reading K-12 schools need to take cyberattacks more seriously

The Sunburst hack was massive and devastating – 5 observations from a cybersecurity expert

Paulo Shakarian, Arizona State University So much remains unknown about what is now being called the Sunburst hack, the cyberattack against U.S. government agencies and corporations. U.S. officials widely believe that Russian state-sponsored hackers are responsible. The attack gave the perpetrators access to numerous key American business and government organizations. The immediate effects will be… Continue reading The Sunburst hack was massive and devastating – 5 observations from a cybersecurity expert

Cybersecurity risks and how to manage them

Caroline Baylon, University of Cambridge and David Rios Insua, Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas (ICMAT-CSIC) The Sunburst attack uncovered in December 2020 illustrates the magnitude of the cybersecurity challenge. Hackers were able to breach some of the United States’ top government agencies as well as those of other organisations around the world by compromising updates from… Continue reading Cybersecurity risks and how to manage them

Espionage attempts like the SolarWinds hack are inevitable, so it’s safer to focus on defense – not retaliation

William Akoto, Fordham University In the wake of the major espionage operation in which people alleged to be Russian government agents infiltrated the digital networks of the U.S. Defense, Treasury and Homeland Security departments – as well as other government agencies and private companies – President Joe Biden is considering how to respond. It’s not… Continue reading Espionage attempts like the SolarWinds hack are inevitable, so it’s safer to focus on defense – not retaliation

North Korea targeted cybersecurity researchers using a blend of hacking and espionage

Paulo Shakarian, Arizona State University North Korean hackers have staged an audacious attack targeting cybersecurity researchers, many of whom work to counter hackers from places like North Korea, Russia, China and Iran. The attack involved sophisticated efforts to deceive specific people, which raises the level of social engineering, or phishing attacks, and enters the realm… Continue reading North Korea targeted cybersecurity researchers using a blend of hacking and espionage

The SolarWinds hack was all but inevitable – why national cyber defense is a ‘wicked’ problem and what can be done about it

Terry Thompson, Johns Hopkins University An updated version of this article was published on May 10, 2021. Read it here. Takeaways: · There are no easy solutions to shoring up U.S. national cyber defenses. · Software supply chains are vulnerable to hackers. · Many U.S. companies outsource software development because of a talent shortage, and… Continue reading The SolarWinds hack was all but inevitable – why national cyber defense is a ‘wicked’ problem and what can be done about it