Text originally published by Timothy Ogden on the Cyber Secure Central Forums.

The idea that the uproar following the murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin would result in a cyber attack would perhaps not be immediately obvious; street protests and riots were of course to be expected, but in the modern world, social activism has as much of a place online as it does on the streets.

It appears that Anonymous, arguably the most prolific of all hacktivist groups, targeted the websites of the Minneapolis Police Department and the City of Minneapolis in retaliation for Floyd’s murder, with both…

Text originally published by Timothy Ogden on the Cyber Secure Central Forums.

The latest incident in a series of cyber attacks between Israel and Iran came on May 21, when approximately 1,000 corporate and manufacturing targets within Israel were afflicted with defacements and denial of service attacks by the “Hackers_Of_Savior” hacktivist group.

Recipients of the attack were greeted with anti-Israel and anti-Zionist messaging in Hebrew and a computer-generated video depicting the simulated destruction of various Israeli buildings throughout the country. The attackers also threatened the victims that they’d risk losing their data, saying it would be sold on the dark…

Text originally published by Timothy Ogden on the Cyber Secure Central Forums.

The World Healthcare Organisation has had to contend with another enemy beyond the COVID-19 virus in the form of cyber attacks and phishing attempts, with the WHO reporting a five-fold increase in the number of cyber attacks compared to the period before the pandemic.

As of April 23, some 450 active WHO email addresses and passwords were leaked online along with thousands belonging to others working on the novel coronavirus response.

The leaked credentials did not put WHO systems at risk because the data was not recent. However…

Text originally published by Timothy Ogden on the Cyber Secure Central Forums.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused problems beyond its obvious harm to the health of people across the world. The economic effects of workers not being able to do their jobs has already caused significant damage to the global economy, with economists and financial analysts predicting an economic downturn for the entire world by the year’s end.

Both the public and private sector have attempted to mitigate the damage to their operations by switching to an entirely online format of working as far as possible. The Zoom app…

Text originally published by Timothy Ogden on the Cyber Secure Central Forums.

Although American intelligence and government officials conceded that Russian state media and diplomatic representatives have been more restrained in appropriating blame on the West for the COVID-19 outbreak than the obscure, conspiracy theory-espousing websites that they support, the same cannot be said for China. Beijing’s disinformation campaign over the coronavirus resembles its Russian counterpart in some ways — for instance, Chinese-affiliated websites support the same conspiracy theories — but overall its propaganda and fake news have been more aggressive in tone, and in some cases, infinitely more bizarre…

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Text originally published by Timothy Ogden on the Cyber Secure Central Forums.

Cyber security issues have taken something of a backseat in recent weeks due to the continued spread of the coronavirus; the deteriorating healthcare situations in countries across the world has — understandably — dominated media headlines, a trend which will likely continue until widespread control or containment is established.

Russia has been quick to exploit the situation for propaganda purposes, releasing disinformation to sow distrust and fear among its Western rivals. …

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Text originally published by Timothy Ogden on the Cyber Secure Central Forums.

When one considers the conflict between Israel and Hamas, a number of images will perhaps come to mind: bodies of Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers, ruined buildings, and militants wearing balaclavas brandishing rocket-propelled grenade launchers and Kalashnikov rifles.

Yet away from the snipers, roadside bombs and artillery fire, the conflict has entered new territory in the cyber realm, with both sides engaging in online operations of a rather different nature to the conventional attacks of recent decades.

In mid-February, the Israeli Defense Force admitted that a number of…

Text originally published by Timothy Ogden on the Cyber Secure Central Forums.

Despite a storm of controversy over the decision, the government of the United Kingdom has decided to proceed with its plans to build its country’s 5G network with input from Huawei. The risk in this, of course, lies in the fact that the West and China remain firm rivals; while the tense relations are not quite as severe as the Cold War 2.0 …

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‘Deep web’, a commonly misunderstood term, most people are scared of. The Deep Web is not something to be scared of. The Dark Web is a part of the Deep Web, which is something you may have heard about, representing illegal service and content. The Deep Web in general terms refers to websites which are not indexed, websites which could not be searched for by standard search engines, most people will not even get to such websites. …

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Text originally published by Timothy Ogden on the Cyber Secure Central Forums.

Although recent tensions between the West and Iran have de-escalated and the risk of a new war between the USA and a Middle Eastern country, simmering resentment is likely to linger; not, of course, that there was any lack of this before the Washington-sanctioned assassination of Major-General Qasem Soleimani of the Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Recent events are somewhat reminiscent of Operation Eagle Claw, an American attempt to secure the release of fifty-two US embassy staff in Tehran in 1980 during the Iranian Revolution. Inspired by the success of…

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