Jun 08, 2019 editorghazal Arrests, Human Rights, IRGC, IRGC Military Branches, IRGC News, Politic, Politics, Slider Comments Off on Cyber Attacks: 50% Of Those Hit Are Hit Monthly, And Iran Hits Hardest Of All
A U.K. government report, published on Wednesday, claimed that cyber breaches and attacks dropped last year, due (at least in part) to tougher data regulation including GDPR. Unfortunately, those that are being hit are being hit more often, and so attacks are actually on the increase. The ‘Cyber Security Breaches Survey’ reported that although “32% of businesses identified a cybersecurity attack in the last 12 months,” that was “down from 43% the previous year.” But almost half of those attacked were attacked monthly.
Ironically, the report was released just as the U.K.’s National Cyber Security Centre acknowledged “a cyber incident affecting some U.K. organizations in late 2018.” Sky News reported that “Iran is being blamed for a wave of cyber attacks that targeted key parts of the U.K.’s national infrastructure in a major assault just before Christmas.”
The good, the bad and the scary
Speaking about the cyber survey, Clare Gardiner, Director of Engagement at NCSC, said “we are committed to making the U.K. the safest place to live and do business online and welcome the significant reduction in the number of businesses experiencing cyber breaches… However, the cybersecurity landscape remains complex and continues to evolve, and organizations need to continue to be vigilant.”
It would seem so. The attack by Iran in December is believed to have impacted “private sector companies, including banks,” with the “personal details belonging to thousands of employees stolen, including the email address and mobile phone number of the Post Office chief executive Paula Vennells… The mobile phone numbers of at least 10 peers and MPs were [also] among the compromised data.”
According to Sky News, “analysis by cybersecurity experts in California has concluded that a group connected to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard was responsible for this attack and the attack on the parliamentary network in 2017.”
Is the threat landscape changing?
With headlines including major breaches or hacks for major organizations such as Marriott, Facebook and Toyota, and now with the acknowledgment that even core parts of the government can be hit and hit hard, the cyber report will provide cold comfort. The most common cyber issue remains phishing emails, followed by online impersonation, malware and ransomware.
Data breaches have become a common theme this year, and when allied with the ongoing controversy about user privacy and data portability, as well as fake news and accounts across social media, no business or individual is likely feeling safer online than a year ago. “The threat of cyber attacks remains very real and widespread in the U.K.,” the cyber report said, admitting that although fewer companies are being hit, 48% of those that are hit are seeing attacks or breaches monthly.
Last week, Facebook announced the removal of a significant number of pages, groups and accounts linked to Iran, peddling state-mandated propaganda relating to Syria, Yemen and Palestine. Iran is now behind an increasing number of hacks, breaches and fake social media activity.
China, Russia and now Iran. Serious and organized crime, including AI driven impersonations. The online security maze develops ever more layers, even as people’s understanding of online safety and security seems to be improving.
The U.K.’s Digital Minister Margot James, commenting on the cyber survey rather than the cyber attack, suggested that “we know that tackling cyber threats is not always at the top of business and charities list of things to do, but with the rising costs of attacks, it’s not something organizations can choose to ignore any longer.”
You would think.
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