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Awareness training for employees – WEEKLY CYBERSECURITY BRIEFING NO: 122

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1- George Floyd death: Anti-racism sites hit by a wave of cyber-attacks

Cyber-attacks against anti-racism organisations shot up in the wake of the death of George Floyd, a leading provider of protection services says.

Cloudflare, which blocks attacks designed to knock websites offline, says advocacy groups in general saw attacks increase 1,120-fold.

Mr Floyd’s death, in police custody, has sparked nationwide civil unrest in the US.

Government and military websites also saw a notable increase in attacks.

DDoS attacks – short for Distributed Denial of Service – are a relatively simple cyber-attack tool, in which the attacker tries to flood a website or other online service with so many fake “users” that it cannot cope.

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2- EasyJet Cyber Attack Likely the Work of Chinese Hackers

The recent high-profile cyber attack that struck British budget airline easyJet may have been carried out by Chinese hackers, new research and multiple sources have suggested.

The cyber attack, which saw the email addresses and travel details of millions of passengers being robbed—as well as the credit card details of some 2,000—was reportedly conducted by the very same group of Chinese hackers responsible for other attacks on a number of airlines in recent months.

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3- Cyber-Attack Hits US Nuclear Missile Sub-Contractor

Confidential documents have been swiped from a US military nuclear missile contractor in a cyber-attack, according to Sky News.

Today the news service reported that cyber-criminals were able to gain unauthorized access to the computer network of New Mexico company Westech International.

The attack is believed to have been carried out by the threat group MAZE, which made the headlines last month after claiming to have attacked Minnesota egg supplier Sparboe Companies with ransomware.

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4- Michigan State University won’t pay ransom after cyber attack

Michigan State University says it won’t pay a ransom demanded in a cyber attack that occurred over Memorial Day weekend.

The intrusion was limited to one unit on campus — the Department of Physics and Astronomy — and MSU’s information technology teams took swift action to prevent further exposure, including taking the impacted servers and workstations offline and notifying law enforcement, the university said in a news release.

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