London Hotspot for Botnets – 34% of all the botnets in the UK are within the confines of the capital city it has been found. Utilising Norton’s European map of botnets, you can examine which countries hold the top spots in regards to amount of botnets within their borders and also how many botnets there are per internet user. According to Norton, 6.7million more bots joined the global botnet in 2016 but the UK did drop from seven to eleven in regards to overall botnet infections. Botnets compromise computers, IoT devices and mobiles that have become infected with malware, turning them into ‘zombies’, which then connects them to a command and control botnet master. The botnet master can then control the botnet to carry out denial-of-service attacks and other nefarious activities. Check out the botnet map and ThreatCloud’s live cyber attack map to gain an understanding of the amount of live traffic generated by the world’s botnet army.
Norton’s Botnet Map – https://uk.norton.com/tools/bots/index.html
ThreatCloud’s Live Cyber Attack Map – https://threatmap.checkpoint.com/ThreatPortal/livemap.html
Hackers Infiltrated the NHS – A third of NHS IT staff say they are certain that hackers have infiltrated the NHS computer network and that electronic patient data and staff records have been compromised. With recent public events (i.e. WannaCry) demonstrating that the NHS is struggling to keep pace with the frequency and increased sophistication of cyber attacks, IT staff within the NHS believe they are fighting a war they cannot compete against. 62% of staff believe that future attacks on equipment or facilities will result in harm to patients and 38% believe their staff lack the skills to improve their cyber security infrastructure. Unless significant resource in staff, training and security tools/equipment are implemented soon, attacks like WannaCry are an unfortunate inevitability. The UK government recently announced after the WannaCry attack that £21M of funding would be given to the NHS to defend against future attacks but as always throwing money at the problem doesn’t guarantee a solution. The most cried out for resource from the NHS was for specialist staff training and trained individuals who can keep pace with the sophisticated cyber threats and protect the NHS networks. Unfortunately it seems that it is only a matter of time before the next WannaCry.
Why You Should Update to iOS 11 When it Arrives – A vulnerability for iOS 10 that is available publicly is now a very good reason for why every iPhone user should update to the new iOS 11 when it arrives. Google Project Zero researcher, Gal Benjamini demonstrated how the CVE-2017-11120 vulnerability in the iPhone and other Apple products, allows attackers to take control of a victim’s iPhone remotely with only the attacking needing the victims MAC address or network port ID. With gaining a phones MAC address being very easy, it is a very real danger for all iPhone users. Update that iPhone as soon as you can to remain safe as the latest iOS software solves the vulnerability.