Cyber attacks

    • Interpol warns of

      Interpol warns of "alarming" cyber crime spread, exploiting the pandemic

      Global police body Interpol warned on Monday of an "alarming" rate of cyber crime during the coronavirus pandemic, with criminals taking advantage of people working from home to target major institutions. An assessment by the Lyon-based organisation found a "significant target shift" by criminals from individuals and small businesses to major corporations, governments and critical infrastructure.

    • EU agrees new cyber sanctions

      EU agrees new cyber sanctions

      The EU adopted a mechanism to impose new sanctions regime on individuals and legal entities for cyberattacks, the EU Council said in a statement Friday. Aimed at detering future attacks by hostile state and non-state actors and pushed by the UK, the sanctions regime will impose tougher consequences for those behind cyber attacks such as asset freezes and visa bans, which will replace the old, country-based sanctions.

    • Apple's main network was hacked by teenager

      Apple's main network was hacked by teenager

      A 16-year old Australian teenager is currently facing criminal charges after hacking into Apple's so-called "backend network", stealing 90GB of secure files, and downloading private user data multiple times over the past year, The Children's Court in Melbourne announced. Once the tech giant detected the security breach it reportedly called in the FBI, who in turn reached out to the Australian Federal Police (AFP). Consequently, a raid was conducted on the teenager's family home by police officers.

    • Estonia establishes cyber-command unit

      Estonia establishes cyber-command unit

      A new cyber-command unit of the Estonian Defence Forces (EDF) became operational on Wednesday, uniting all the different authorities and departments within the competency of the Ministry of Defence. Mirroring larger NATO members, the new command will be tasked to combat cyber attacks that have been growing by as much as 20 percent a year. As well as defensive strategies, the unit will also develop offensive capabilities, though these won’t be deployed during peacetime.