VIPRE Month Roundup: August, 2020
What happened last month? A lot of cybersecurity news! We know it is hard to keep up with the ever-changing news cycle, so we gathered this month’s biggest stories and broke them down into bite-sized reads. Take a read-through of this week’s VIPRE Weekly Roundup!
Russian state hackers are using a previously unknown piece of Linux malware to stealthily steal state secrets. It is also executing malicious commands. Drovorub offers a full suite of components. Its name may mean “woodcutter” or “(security) driver slayer.”
Canon was hit by a devastating ransomware attack. It resulted in several websites going down. The group who claimed responsibility is Maze. The group claims to have stolen 10 terabytes of data from Canon.
Genealogists suddenly found numerous new relatives on GEDmatch. However, the information around the new relatives seemed suspect. It also looked like personal settings to not help law enforcement had been erased. What actually caused all of this chaos was a pair of back to back hacks. However, at this time it doesn’t seem like there was any data stolen.
In a sting operation, Tesla worked with the FBI to arrest a Russian hacker. The hacker, Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, offered a Tesla employee $1 million dollars to assist in the attack. Instead the employee helped in Kriuchkov’s arrest. Similar ransomware attacks against CWT, Garmin, and Travelex have resulted in millions of dollars being paid in ransom.