November 2019: Cyber Security Round Up
November was an interesting month in terms of cyber security. Research has discovered that hotel receptions are a hotbed for hackers and the cyber security skills shortage is near breaking point!
Read more about what was going on in the world of cyber security below:
Hotel receptions are a hotbed for hackers
Research has shown that hotels, restaurant chains and other tourism related organisations have been subject to a range of cybercrime techniques. Point-of-Sale terminals have been compromised on a number of occasions to harvest guest data as well as phishing emails being sent to staff for hackers to try and gain access to the main internal systems.
Kaspersky advised that when making a reservation with an OTA it is essential to use a virtual wallet as these normally expire after one charge, meaning you don’t have to worry about any of your details being compromised.
Cyber security skill shortage near breaking point
With so much uncertainty around Brexit, the UK is experiencing a widening cyber skills gap which is ultimately putting the country’s businesses at risk. This comes from research conducted by cyber security consultancy RedSeal, which ran an online survey with IT decision-makers in the UK. The findings revealed that 95% of CIOs and IT professionals agreed that the UK’s stalled exit from the EU is widening the skills gap. 87% of these also reported that they’re struggling to find cyber security professionals with the expertise to tackle organised online crimes.
Extensive hacking operation discovered in Kazakhstan
A recent report found that an extensive hacking operation was exposed in Kazakhstan. The report by Chinese cyber security vendor, Qihoo 360 found that the operation was targeting individuals and organisations involving all walks of live including government officials, military personnel, journalists, private companies and many more. The campaign was thought to have been carried out by a threat actor with considerable resources.
Cyber crime site selling hacking tool taken down
A cyber crime site selling hacking tools to cyber criminals in 124 countries has been taken down following an international investigation. The website was responsible for providing a hacking tool that gave full remote-control access of victim’s computers and once installed could enable hackers to disable anti-virus software, steal data or passwords and even watch victims through their webcams. The international operation was led by the Australian Federal Police as well as support from the UK National Crime Agency.