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Huge Microsoft Exchange vulnerability causes chaos

By MyCena | Posted on : 18 March 2021

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On March 2nd, Microsoft announced that four zero-day vulnerabilities in its Exchange email service were being exploited by attackers, leaving hundreds of thousands of companies worldwide under threat. Microsoft released emergency patches and tools for clients to install as soon as possible. There are fears that tens of thousands of businesses, especially small to medium companies without dedicated cybersecurity staff, may not yet have applied the fixes. Attackers have used the ProxyLogon vulnerabilities to gain access to Exchange servers from which they are able to execute commands remotely.

Attacks up 600% following Exchange exploit

By MyCena | Posted on : 18 March 2021

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The volume of attacks against Microsoft Exchange servers has increased significantly since the ProxyLogon bugs were made public. With patches now released, attackers may be sensing that it is their last chance to infect systems. According to Check Point Research, “exploit attempts increased sixfold” across the span of a few days following the news. The most targeted sectors were government and military at 27 per cent of attacks. Microsoft also announced that it had detected a new strand of ransomware, known as DearCry, which attackers were attempting to install in infected systems.

Biden under pressure following Microsoft hack

By MyCena | Posted on : 18 March 2021

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President Joe Biden is once again under pressure to tackle cyber threats following the Microsoft Exchange ProxyLogon hack. In January, when the USA was suffering from the SolarWinds hack, Biden allocated $10 billion in his Covid budget to go towards enhancing cyber defences. However, the latest exploit has left systems even more vulnerable. Microsoft announced that a state sponsored Chinese group named Hafnium was responsible for the ProxyLogon attacks. The SolarWinds hack was blamed on a Russian group. With cybersecurity now a question of national security, Biden will be under pressure to act in response. 

Nobody hurt in datacentre fire

By MyCena | Posted on : 18 March 2021

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Millions of websites were disrupted when a fire broke out at a French datacentre. The complex, belonging to cloud services provider OVHcloud, was left offline when one of its four sectors was destroyed in the fire. It took more than one hundred firefighters six hours to bring the flames under control on 10th March, after the fire started just after midnight. Thankfully, although services were disrupted, nobody was hurt in the blaze. 

Women thriving in Cybersecurity

By MyCena | Posted on : 18 March 2021

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After celebrating International Women’s Day this month, a report released by Tessian Research has shown that the pandemic has had a positive effect on female employment in cybersecurity. In the report, half of women working in cybersecurity felt that their careers had improved during the last year, with 89 per cent feeling secure in their jobs. 94 per cent of employers also reported that they had hired new staff, with many focussing on encouraging more women into the field in the future.