Cybersecurity Report: June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015 in Cybersecurity News

Hackers Ground Polish LOT Airline Flights

LOT, the Polish national airline, announced on Sunday that it cancelled 10 flights due to the cyber attack towards its ground computer systems at Warsaw’s Okecie airport. The cyber attack took down LOT’s ground computer systems for 5 hours during which time 10 flights were cancelled impacting over 1,400 passengers who had planned to travel to Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Copenhagen, and some internal flights within Poland. LOT stated that no ongoing flights or other airport computer systems were affected and the flights already in the air to scheduled to land at Warsaw were at no risk.

US to Raise Breach of Government Records at Talks with China

This Monday, The United States began the annual security talks with China and an official said that the US government representative would raise directly the major data breach at OPM during the discussion. Prior to the talk, China had openly denied involvement in the break-in, but Obama administration officials had said that they are increasingly confident that China’s government, instead of hackers, was responsible. The annual talk was around topics including cyber security, maritime security, military relations, missile defence, nuclear policy and space security. This talk was followed by a two-day Cabinet-level discussion on security and economy starting on Tuesday.

Popular Security Software Came Under Relentless NSA and GCHQ Attacks

According to Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency and the British Government Communications Headquarters have worked to subvert anti-virus and other security software to track users and infiltrate networks. These two agencies were alleged to have reverse engineered software products and monitored web and email traffic to carefully thwart anti-virus software and obtain information about security software and their users. The Moscow-based security solution provider Kaspersky Lab received especially careful examination. Both NSA and the British agency have studied Kaspersky Lab’s software for weaknesses and obtaining sensitive customer information by monitoring software activities.

WikiLeaks: NSA Snooped on French Leaders

According to Wikileaks, the whistleblower website, the US National Security Agency (NSA) has been spying on French President Jacques Chirac, Nicolas Sarkozy and Francois Hollande in 2006-2012, Wikileaks says. Wikileaks began to publish the files under the heading “Espionnage Elysee” on Tuesday. These files were said to derive from directly targeted NSA surveillance of the communications of multiple French leaders. It is unclear whether the material comes from data stolen from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.Wikileaks carried a statement by its founder, Julian Assange, who said: “The French people have a right to know that their elected government is subject to hostile surveillance from a supposed ally.”

Almost Half of Leading Websites Fail Security and Privacy Tests

The non-profit organization Online Trust Alliance conducted a study that audited 1,000 websites, including websites of 50 leading Internet of Things device makers and other leading retailers, banks, social media, news and government bodies. According to the survey, 46% of the respondents were found vulnerable to known online security threats, 76% failed the security assessment, while only 20% scored highly enough to qualify for the OTA’s Online Trust Honor Roll. The OTA evaluated these websites based on criteria in mainly three categories: consumer protection, privacy and security. According to the result of the study, Twitter topped the overall ratings three years in a run.

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