The Target: Leverage EDU, a software University Admission platform.
The Take: Exposure of over 240,000 records of Personally Identifiable Information including: names, email addresses, passport scans, applications, bank statements and loan information.
The Vector: A misconfigured database was left open and unsecured with no password, meaning anyone with an internet connection could have viewed and downloaded the trove of data.
This shows how important authentication controls are and that they are purposefully and smartly deployed with security in mind. Multi-factor authentication and password length and complexity rules on server access are effective strategies to mitigate these kinds of breaches to protect a firm’s data.
The Guardian: China poses an “epoch-defining” challenge to the west, the head of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is reportedly to warn. Lindy Cameron, who is the director of the GCHQ arm, will use a speech in Belfast this week to warn the UK and allies of the “dramatic rise of China as a technology superpower”.
Tech Crunch: The U.S. and China chip battle continues to escalate. In China, the country’s cybersecurity watchdog has initiated a probe into U.S. memory chip maker Micron Technology, according to a statement from the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) released.
Yahoo News: Cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike’s latest Global Threat Report showed that the number of attacks using malware has dropped in the last year, with hackers instead using “hands-on keyboard activity” to breach organisations.
CNBC: North Korean-linked actors were behind the theft of $100 million through the hack of a crypto product last year, the Federal Bureau of Investigation said.
Mint: According to the report, India respondents consider a catastrophic cyberattack, a resurgence of COVID-19 or a new health crisis, and a new geopolitical conflict among the top three risks.
Business Wire: Enterprises in Singapore and Malaysia have grown so concerned about the dangers of cyberattacks that they are changing the way they make security-related decisions and procure cybersecurity services, according to a new research report published today by Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm.
Bleeping Computer: China-based threat actors have been targeting Australian government agencies and wind turbine fleets in the South China Sea by directing select individuals to a fake impersonating an Australian news media outlet.
CNN: China’s cyberspace regulator fined Didi Global just over 8 billion yuan ($1.2 billion) for violating cybersecurity and data laws, putting an end to a yearlong investigation into the ride-hailing giant.
BNN Bloomberg: China’s cabinet stressed the need to bolster information security, following a huge leak of personal data that could be the largest cyber-attack in the country’s history.