CyberSecurity Knuggets

Feb 09, 2024

Today, I received alarming news about critical security vulnerabilities in Cisco, Fortinet, and VMware products that could be exploited by threat actors. Organizations using these products must update their systems immediately to avoid potential security breaches. Additionally, a joint cybersecurity advisory has been issued by CISA, NSA, FBI, and several US government departments warning about a Chinese state-sponsored hacking group known as Volt Typhoon, which has been living in the networks of critical industries for at least five years. This widespread intrusion requires immediate attention from both the private and public sectors to mitigate its impact.

The significant rise in ransomware payments, exceeding $1.1 billion in 2023, is a cause for concern and emphasizes the need for enhanced cybersecurity measures to protect organizations from falling victim to ransomware attacks. The suspected cyberattacks by North Korea, valued at approximately $3 billion, to fund its weapons of mass destruction program is also an issue that requires immediate attention from the international community. Furthermore, the release of new variants of an original flaw in Fortinet’s SIEM solution, FortiSIEM, poses serious security risks for organizations using the product, necessitating immediate action to address the vulnerabilities.

The injunction issued by the Danish data protection authority regarding student data being funneled to Google raises important privacy concerns and requires immediate attention to ensure the protection of student data and compliance with data protection regulations. Additionally, the ransomware attack on California’s largest state employee union, the suspected use of a new information stealer malware by a North Korea-linked nation-state actor, and the proposed changes to procurement rules for IT services sold to the federal government all highlight the urgent need for attention to cybersecurity and privacy issues.

Stay Well!