Cyber attacks

    • Parliament calls for beefed-up EU security against cyber threats

      Parliament calls for beefed-up EU security against cyber threats

      In a resolution adopted on Thursday MEPs called for imposing tighter EU cybersecurity standards for connected devices, apps and operating systems, the EP press service reported. According to Parliament, connected products and associated services, including supply chains, should be made secure-by-design, resilient to cyber incidents, and quickly patched if vulnerabilities are discovered.

    • Pompeo blames Russia for cyber espionage

      Pompeo blames Russia for cyber espionage

      US State Secretary Mike Pompeo has openly blamed the government in Moscow for latest massive hackers offensive which was further described as the worst-ever cyber espionage attack on the US government. "We can say pretty clearly that it was the Russians that engaged in this activity," Pompeo said quoted by BBC.

    • 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.