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The need for modern security principles and end-to-end protection is as important as never and therefore Windows 11 was built on a principle of Zero-Trust. The Zero-Trust model reminds of the Presumption of Guilt within Law: a defendant is guilty until proven innocent. In computers, this would mean that no device or user can have access until security and integrity is proven. Microsoft has also improved baselines by raising the requirements for both hardware and software to ensure a baseline protection from “chip to cloud”.
Ransomware, from the English "ransom software", is classified as aggressive malware that encrypts hard drives of PCs and other devices and locks out users until a ransom is paid. The classic consequences of a ransomware attack include downtimes and data theft.
Once again, the inferior and substandard security posture of German SMEs is punished! The educational and health conglomerate SRH has become a victim of a cyber-attack. National facilities are affected, including ones in Heidelberg and Neckargemünd.
hishing represents a criminal conduct, a subcategory of Social Engineering. A Phishing attack targets unsuspecting employees or persons and urges them to share sensitive and personal information like usernames, passwords and credit card information via trustworthy looking emails that are sent to millions of users and which evade common spam filters.
The upcoming German "Bundestagswahl" (parliamentarian Election) was shocked once more, for it has been the third time it was a victim of cyber-attacks. National intelligence and security agencies are reporting numerous foreign intelligence agency attacks on German parliamentarians. The German federal government is formulating concrete accusations against hacker groups with alleged ties to Russia which have been suspects of said cyber-attacks. Findings and insights have been uncovered that tie the Ghostwriter group and their activities to the Russian government and specifically the military intelligence agency GRU, so a speaker of the German State Department.
The new era of Ransomware has begun - Ransomware 3.0! What has been till today THE way to protect against Ransomware, is now undermined. Backups, or companies own shiny knight in armor, are helpless against the new strains of Ransomware.
After a confirmed cyber attack against T-Mobile US, so the german Tagesschau, the amount of damage is clarified: Millions of customer data, including but are not limited to - social security numbers and driver license information were leaked. Lets do some numbers - the attackers managed to steal data with information regarding 7.8 Million contract customers, 40 Million old or potential customers and almost 1 Million of customers with credit accounts. The numbers tell a scary story, but according to T-Mobile, the data leak has been closed and is asking its customers to change passwords and PINs.
German SMEs have been particularly hit by cyberattacks, "no one is spared", according to Bitkom President Achim Berg. In 2020 and 2021 alone, almost nine out of ten companies were affected by a cyberattack, be it data theft, espionage or sabotage.
Contrary to popular belief, German companies are very frequent targets of hackers and cyber criminals! According to an article by Deutsche Welle, 19% of the 1000 companies surveyed recorded ransomware attacks in the last 12 months.