Cyber Weekly Digest - 2022 Week #44


Take a look at this week’s Cyber Weekly Digest to find out about the biggest cyber security stories including a cyber attack on the world’s most expensive observatory in Chile and the return of the Emotet botnet. Keep reading to stay up to date on the latest cyber security news.


1. Australian clinical labs confirm patient data was stolen in ransomware attack.

Australian Clinical Labs (ACL) has disclosed a February 2022 data breach that impacted its Medlab Pathology business, exposing the medical records and other sensitive information of 223000 people. ACL operates 89 healthcare laboratories and performs six million tests annually. The firm states that they are not aware of any misuse of the stolen information, however, it is notifying all clients individually of what data was exposed in the attack. Almost 130,000 Medicare numbers, 30000 credit cards, and 18000 individual health records were leaked in the attack. The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has confirmed that the threat actors have published the stolen data on the dark web. The hackers used the ransomware called Quantum, which uploaded all stolen files on to its Tor site in June 2022. Over the past two months, Australia has been hit with numerous data breaches and cyberattacks, including attacks on Optus, Medibank, MyDeal, and Vinomofo.


2. The world’s most expensive observatory hit by cyber attack.

The world-famous Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) observatory in Chile has become the latest victim of a cyber-attack, forcing it offline. It has said the attack on its computer systems came last Saturday, “forcing the suspension of astronomical observations and the public website.” ALMA is believed to have cost around $1.4bn to build, making it one of the most expensive observatories in the world. The ALMA website published a statement claiming “There are limited email services at the observatory. The threat has been contained, and our specialists are working hard to restore affected systems. The attack did not compromise the ALMA antennas or any scientific data,”. According to researchers, threat actors are increasingly targeting space-related technology.


3. Chegg sued by FTC after suffering four data breaches within 3 years.

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has sued education technology company Chegg