🍁 Canadian Moneris bank claims they thwarted ransomware attack πŸ’°

Nov 15 2023

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Today’s hottest cybersecurity news

  • 🍁 Canadian Moneris bank claims they thwarted ransomware attack πŸ’°

  • πŸ‘Ώ Denmark of the cyber-beast: Danes suffer worst ever cyber attack πŸ‘¨β€πŸ’»

  • 🌐 DP World cyberattack blocks (hehe) 1000s of containers in ports πŸ“¦

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πŸ” Moneris Successfully Thwarts Ransomware Attack!

Great news, folks! Moneris, a tech company backed by Canada's top banks, has successfully fended off a recent ransomware attack! πŸ›‘οΈπŸ’»

🐍 Enter Medusa 🐍

Toronto-based Moneris, a joint venture of the Royal Bank of Canada and Bank of Montreal, reported a cyber intrusion by the Medusa ransomware gang. However, Moneris's cybersecurity team swiftly sprang into action, preventing access to critical data without any ransom demand. πŸš«πŸ’°

😌 Disaster averted 😌

Despite attempts to breach their networks, Moneris reassures us that their robust security measures were not compromised. The company, which handles transactions at over 325,000 merchant locations across Canada, remains dedicated to safeguarding customer data. πŸ‘

😀 Moneris don’t play πŸ’ͺ

While details about the attack's timing remain undisclosed, Moneris emphasises its commitment to customer protection and swift response to cyber threats. The Medusa gang, notorious for high-profile attacks, targeted Moneris but was met with resilient cybersecurity practices, according to the bank. πŸŒπŸ›‘

It’s worth noting that Moneris has been asked several times whether they paid the $6 million ransom and has refused to answer on all occasions. #justsaying 😬

Ransomware gangs are increasingly targeting financial infrastructure globally, with the recent LockBit attack on the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China causing disruptions in the U.S. Treasury market. Let's stay vigilant and cyber-secure, folks! πŸŒπŸ”’πŸš€

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🚨 Major Cyber Attack Hits Danish Infrastructure! Russian Hackers Suspected! πŸŒπŸ’»

A recent report by SektorCERT, a Danish nonprofit cybersecurity centre, reveals a sophisticated cyberattack on Danish critical infrastructure, possibly linked to the Russian GRU Main Intelligence Directorate. πŸ˜±πŸ”’

πŸ’₯ Digital Doomsday πŸ’₯

In May, 22 energy-related companies fell victim to highly coordinated attacks exploiting zero-day vulnerabilities in Zyxel firewalls. Most affected companies hadn't updated their firewalls, some due to installation charges, others due to misconceptions about existing updates. πŸ›‘οΈπŸ’°

The cyberattack showcased meticulous planning and coordination, with hackers gaining remote access to industrial control systems. Eleven companies were immediately compromised, hindering warnings to others. The purpose was intelligence gathering, with attackers executing code to extract usernames and configurations.

πŸ’€ Stop Russian to judgement πŸ’€

Attribution points to Russian military hackers known as Sandworm, previously linked to critical infrastructure attacks in Ukraine. While some breached companies isolated themselves to prevent the attack's spread, the attackers' motives and potential involvement of multiple groups remain unclear.

SektorCERT emphasises the need for segmented networks, urging companies to map network inputs to operational technology systems for enhanced cybersecurity. Stay vigilant, and let's secure our digital frontiers! πŸŒπŸ›‘οΈπŸš€

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🚨 Major Cyber Disruption at DP World Australia! πŸŒπŸ’»

DP World Australia, a global logistics giant handling 40% of Australia's container trade, faced a severe cyberattack on November 10, disrupting freight movements in key ports. πŸš’πŸ’”

🚨 Def Con 4 🚨

The company, with an annual revenue exceeding $10 billion, activated emergency plans and engaged cybersecurity experts to address the incident. Currently testing systems to resume normal operations, DP World is gradually restoring services.

Approximately 30,000 containers, including time-sensitive goods like blood plasma and premium food items, remained stagnant since the attack. Damage estimates soar into the millions.

πŸ•΅οΈ Internal Affairs πŸ•΅οΈ

While data access and theft are potential concerns, an internal investigation is ongoing, and DP World is collaborating with the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner to assess the impact on personal information.

As of now, no ransomware group has claimed responsibility, and the company has not commented on data theft. Stay tuned for updates on this developing situation. πŸ”„πŸ” πŸš€

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