Week 11 Cyberattack Digest 2019 – Facebook, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kathmandu and others

How is your week going? We hope your security level is high as always, and to improve your future security, take a look at our new week 11 cyber attack digest.

Not another Facebook cyber attack

by Forbes – 14 March 2019

Last week, many people faced difficulties accessing Facebook and Instagram apps and services.  #Facebookdown quickly spread on Twitter making users believe there had been a cyberattack on the social networks.  Some said it might have been a DDoS attack. And this sounded quite logical: indeed, Facebook became a victim of attackers several times last year. While there were a lot of rumors that the network was down due to being flooded with traffic, Facebook officials strongly deny.  “We’re aware that some people are currently having trouble accessing the Facebook family of apps. We’re focused on working to resolve the issue as soon as possible, but can confirm the issue is not related to a DDoS attack,” commented a spokesperson of the network.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs hit by a cyberattack

by Q Costa Rica – 16 March 2019

Attacks on governmental institutions are not something rare. This time the official website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was another victim of malefactors that became a reason of the take down of the site for most of the last Thursday. The website of Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores was accessible right on the next day as the security experts changed user codes and found out to what extent the website and data had been compromised. Ginete Chaves, interim director of information and communications at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs characterised the incident as “a state of emergency”. “Today (Thursday) the Ministry suffered a cyberattack, therefore, it was necessary to change the user codes of all officials, in addition to disconnecting some equipment while we resolve the situation. Therefore, the systems will not work and the website will not be active. This is a state of emergency, therefore, I very respectfully request your cooperation and understanding,” said Ginete Chaves in the official statement.


Downtown Brooklyn trains security experts

by Brooklyn Daily Eagle – 15 March 2019

A massive attack affected networks in Downtown Brooklyn last Tuesday. Thankfully, this was just a drill. A small agency, New York City Cyber Command, also known as NYC3 that is responsible for the government’s enterprise and public safety agencies, started its first simulated cyber war. The war involved two teams: a “good”  Blue Team fending off a barrage of malicious Red Team hack attacks. “We need incredible talent to approach this from a cyber-defense perspective. The partnership you see in the exercise today is all different aspects that are necessary to combat those threats,” commented Geoff Brown, NYC Chief Information Officer and head of NYC3. “How we educate the next generation of cyber defenders, cyber business people, cyber lawyers — all those cyber terms — it’s going to be pretty important,” explained Brown.

Kathmandu learns about a breach

by My Business – 14 March 2019

An outdoors wear retailer Kathmandu has recently announced that it is busy investigating a data leakage that  hit its trading websites. The officials said that Kathmandu Holdings Limited only recently became aware of a breach initiated by “an unidentified third party”. The incident presumably took place sometime between Friday, 8 February, and Tuesday, 12 February 2019. “During this period, the third party may have captured customer personal information and payment details entered at checkout,” the officials of the company said. Kathmandu CEO Xavier Simonet also commented: “Whilst the independent forensic investigation is ongoing, we are notifying customers and relevant authorities as soon as practicable. As a company, Kathmandu takes the privacy of customer data extremely seriously and we unreservedly apologise to any customers who may have been impacted.”

Governmental organizations, retail companies and social networks – these are quite common topics for cyber articles, yet always important. That is all for today. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

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