Cyber Weekly Digest - 2022 Week #24


Take a look at this week’s Cyber Weekly Digest and read about the biggest cyber security news including an extortion ransomware attack on Africa’s largest supermarket chain and the Hacktivist group targeting the Indian Government. Keep reading to stay up to date on the latest news from around the world.


1. The largest supermarket chain in Africa has been hit by a ransomware attack.

Shoprite, Africa's largest supermarket chain which operates almost three thousand stores across twelve countries in the continent, has been hit by a ransomware attack. The company disclosed that they suffered a security incident, warning customers in Eswatini, Namibia, and Zambia, that their personal information might have been compromised due to a cyberattack. The threat actor RansomHouse has claimed responsibility for the attack after posting an evidence sample of 600GB of data it claims it stole from the retailer during the attack. RansomHouse states they attack their victims due to poor security practices and inadequate protection.


2. A Hacktivist group has launched a wave of attacks on the Indian Government.

DragonForce Malaysia, a hacktivist group supporting the Palestinian cause, has launched a wave of attacks on India. The attacks are in response to a controversial comment made by a Hindu political spokesperson about the Prophet Mohammed. The group claims to have used DDoS to perform “numerous defacements across India”. The group also “claimed to have breached and leaked data from various government agencies, financial institutions, universities, service providers, and several other Indian databases.” Researchers also noted that other hacktivist groups have been defacing multiple websites across India.


3. Cloudflare says it mitigated a record-breaking HTTPS DDoS attack.

Internet infrastructure firm Cloudflare said today that it mitigated a 26 million request per second distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack, the largest HTTPS DDoS attack detected to date. The threat actor behind the attack likely used hijacked servers and virtual machines seeing that the attack originated from Cloud Service Providers instead of weaker IoT devices from compromised Residential Internet Service Providers. The botnet used in this month's record-high 26 million rps DDoS attack generated over 212 million HTTPS requests within 30 secon