Week 42 Cyberattack Digest 2019 – Quebec students, Gojek, Parliament House and others

We hope you still like our tradition of posting cyberattack digests every week, and today, as always we have some hot cyber news for you in our Week 42 cyberattack digest.

Sharing online passwords with one another is trendy

by Infosecurity Magazine – 15 October, 2019

The Quebec Access to Information Commission revealed that sharing online passwords with one another is supposed to be a proof of friendship for students from Canada.

 As part of a campaign called “Ce que tu publies, penses-y” (which can be also translated as “Think before you publish”), AI has visited many secondary schools in Quebec. The main goal of the campaign is to inform students about risks and possible dangers of Internet activity. Over 32,000 students took part in the action. According to the program coordinator Isabelle Gosselin, adolescent still do not realize the importance of caring about the privacy. According to Gosselin, the scope of the problem is determined by the fact that that three out of four secondary school students share passwords with their friends. Young boys and girls suppose this action to be a proof of friendship, love and trust, which has become very common and trendy. 

During the 2019–2020 school year, the commission is planning to repeat their “Ce que tu publies, penses-y” program among Quebec high school students in order to persuade young people to care about their cybersecurity. Students will be demonstrated a presentation explaining various concepts, such as identity theft, sexting, geolocation, and privacy settings.

127 websites are impacted after a cyber incident in Indonesia

by The Malaysian Reserve – 15 October, 2019

127 websites were impacted back in August 2019 as a result of the attack on Gojek, Indonesia’s motorcycle ride-hailing firm .

According to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, 24 websites of the affected ones are government-run and the rest 103 are owned by private agencies. There is no evidence that government websites were related to any critical services; the security incident did not impact any administration’s online services.

The majority of the private websites affected were small companies that used a web host with security aspects involved.

A report on a computer hack at Parliament House won’t be released 

by The Canberra Times – 21 October, 2019

According to Senate president Scott Ryan, a report on a computer hack at Parliament House will not be released, even in redacted form. 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has already suggested that perhaps the hack had been performed by a state actor, presumably originating from China. 

Senator Patrick had several questions about the incident, such as if security services had access to the parliamentary IT system during the investigation. 

He also asked whether the attack had”spear phishing email” scenario, the same as in case with the hack of the Australian National University network. 

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