Cyber Weekly Digest - Week #36

Updated: Sep 11, 2020


This week's digest will look into some of the most interesting news in the cyber security world. Some of the news from this week include cyber-attacks on Northumbria University, hacking of the Norwegian Parliament and Indian Prime Minister's Twitter account. Keep reading to find out more.


1. Several elected members and employees of the Norwegian Parliament had their email accounts hacked.


The beginning of this week saw the Norwegian Parliament announce that some of the email accounts of employees and elected members had been hacked. The parliament director stated it was a "significant attack", although it is unknown how much information the attackers stole.


2. Northumbria University experienced a cyber-incident which disrupted some services.


The university had to close access to their student portal and other platforms this week as a precautionary measure after "operational disruptions across networks and IT systems". There were disruptions to exams, which were cancelled and rescheduled as well as being unable to take calls about their clearing process.


3. The Indian Prime Minister had his Twitter account hacked.


The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, had his official Twitter account hacked. The person responsible posted Tweets which encouraged people to donate Bitcoin to what was disguised at the PM’s National Relief Fund. The tweets have now been removed and Twitter are investigating the situation.


4. An APT group has been found selling corporate network access on hacker forums.


Pioneer Kitten, an APT group linked to Iran, has been found selling corporate network credentials on hacker forums. With this information attackers will be able to conduct further cyber-crimes. Pioneer Kitten's targets have mainly been based in North America and Israel.


5. Increased number of attacks targeting the US 2020 election


As the US prepares for the 2020 presidential election, the number of cyber-attacks targeting the event is growing. The cybersecurity firm hired by President Trump, Cloudflare, have stated that the severity of attacks on Trump websites have been increasing over the past two months and that these attacks may be preparation for a "larger digital assault".





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