Anglo African weekly news wrap on trending cyber-attacks, to keep you alert

December 21, 2017

Mimecast has released its latest Email Security Risk Assessment (ESRA) Report and it includes a lot of interesting statistics. For example, While many organisations still fear of malware being the main burden to their email cyber-resilience, the findings show only 15 percent increase in these type of email attacks compared to the last figures. As part of the ESRA program Mimecast analysed more than 55 million emails, finding that more than 9,055 contained dangerous file types and that of those 1,844 known and 691 unknown contained malware attachments. 18,971 impersonation attacks were missed by incumbent providers and delivered to users’ inboxes.

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A so-called “script kiddie” is behind the recently discovered Satori botnet that has scared security researchers because of its rapid rise to a size of hundreds of thousands of compromised devices. Researchers say that a hacker named Nexus Zeta created Satori, which is a variant of the Mirai IoT malware that was released online in October 2016.

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Australia’s Department of Health has inadvertently exposed confidential and highly sensitive health records of about 2.9 million citizens in a major error that potentially reveals what medication they are on, pregnancy terminations, surgeries and medical health treatment. The health data from the Medicare Benefits Scheme and Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme was released to the public in August 2016.

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HP HAS issued an update for hundreds of laptops and notebooks which removes a keylogger accidentally left in place within the driver for the touchpad. The Synaptics Touchpad driver included a SynTP.sys file which contained a debugging script that could easily have been turned into a keylogger with one simple registry change – turning it from off to on.

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