Updated: May 19
In the Spotlight This Week:
Dell to Train Over 3,000 Singaporeans in High-Tech Skillsets
FBI Warns About Using TeamViewer and Windows 7
January 2021 Cyber Attack Statistics
2020 Saw Ransomware Incidents Increase by 400%
Hybrid, Older Users Most-Targeted by Gmail Attackers
Dell Technologies is giving over 3,000 students, fresh graduates, and mid-career professionals in Singapore the opportunity to learn skills in cloud computing, data protection, data science, and big data analytics over the next two years. The US tech giant said the new training programmes have been put together to meet growing demand for tech skills and help drive digital transformation in the country.
A recent FBI alert warns companies about the use of out-of-date Windows 7 systems, poor account passwords, and desktop sharing software TeamViewer. Following the Oldsmar incident, where an attacker was able to manipulate the chemical levels of a water treatment plant by gaining access to their network, the FBI is raising attention to three security flaws discovered on the plant’s network. The bureau urges private companies and federal and government organizations to review internal networks and access policies accordingly.
A range of statistics on cyber incidents in January has been published including information from over 160 recorded incidents from the past month.
Data includes a massive supply chain attack carried out via a compromised Solarwinds Orion update, while ransomware attacks remain the most common attack vector, making up over 36% of incidents in January.
Cybersecurity company Deep Instinct has conducted a study that found an increase of over 358% in malware incidents in the past year, including a 435% increase in ransomware attacks, with July seeing the largest increase in malicious activity. Distribution of the Emotet malware skyrocketed by 4,000%, and Microsoft Office documents were the most manipulated document attack vector.
Researchers at Google and Stanford analyzed 1.2 billion malicious emails to determine which factors make users more likely to be attacked.
Certainly users whose personal details have been exposed by a third-party breach, but also Australians (geographically, per capita), older folks (demographically) and those who hybridly access Gmail via both desktop and mobile devices are at the highest risk of becoming the victim of a malicious email attack.
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