The Pentagon Tried to Take Down These Hackers. They’re Back.
Last fall, on the eve of the elections, the U.S. Department of Defense tried to throttle a transnational cybercrime group. But the hackers have rebuilt much of their operations. It’s become clear in recent months that the gang is very much alive and well. The Russian-speaking hacking group, sometimes referred to by the name of the malware it uses, Trickbot, has gone after millions of victims around the globe, stealing victims’ banking credentials and facilitating ransomware attacks that have left businesses scrambling to pay hefty extortion demands for years. And now, even though the Pentagon’s U.S.
Queen Elizabeth is said to have taken steps to protect the royal family against cyber criminals after being warned of increasing threats.
Sir Michael Stevens, Keeper of the Privy Purse, which is the British Sovereign's private income, has reportedly sent a report to Her Majesty outlining the possible threats posed to the royal family if cyber criminals targeted them.
Sir Stevens warned against "reputational damage, penalties and/or legal action against the Household or members of staff", according to The Daily Star. © Getty The Queen was advised to improve cyber security.
In 2015, Buckingham Palace confirmed a cyber security expert, Oxford University Professor Sadie Creese, had been engaged to instruct Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on matters of cyber safety. However, the palace added, "We don't make any comment on security for the Royal Family."
Australian organisations are quietly paying hackers millions in a 'tsunami of cyber crime'
The frequency of attacks and the size of ransoms being demanded increases significantly, with estimates of over $55 million paid last year in Australia alone.For years, Australian organisations have been quietly paying millions in ransoms to hackers who have stolen or encrypted their data.
At the time it was reported young royals had been warned about a security scare posed by their social media accounts and instructed to change their passwords over fears hackers were targeting them.
Since then, the royal household's use of social media has only increased — in particular since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 when the royals, including Queen Elizabeth, began utilising video calls to stay in touch and refining their use of multiple social media accounts.
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It was reported earlier this year the Royal Household had hired a cyber security expert to help protect them against hacking. It is understood Elliot Atkins took on the role in the newly-created position Chief Information Security Officer.
China accused of 'systematic cyber sabotage' by UK and allies
The Chinese government has been accused of "systematic cyber sabotage" in statements by the UK and allies, including the US, NATO, and the European Union. The British government is announcing that it believes Chinese state-sponsored hackers were responsible for an attack earlier this year which targeted Microsoft Exchange servers.More than 70 organisations in the UK were compromised by the hack, perpetrated by a group associated with Beijing according to the National Cyber Security Centre. This attribution has been supported by allies in the United States, NATO, and European Union.
Before this, ex-MI5 chief Andrew Parker was made Lord Chamberlain of the Royal Household, and is sure to have brought many skills to the fore when it comes to cyber criminals and cyber security.https://twitter.com/RoyalFamily/status/1416027612346978307?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw
Queen Elizabeth joined Twitter in 2014 as @theroyalfamily with her team regularly sharing the royal family's activities on the social media platforms, which also include YouTube and Instagram.
The young royals operate their own social media accounts, with The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sharing their lives on Twitter and Instagram.
Biden Warns a ‘Real Shooting War’ Could Come From Cyber Breach .
President Joe Biden told U.S. intelligence officials on Tuesday that he thinks a cyber breach could lead to a “shooting war” with a major global power. “I think it’s more likely we’re going to end up—if we end up in a war, a real shooting war, with a major power—it's going to be as a consequence of a cyber breach of great consequence,” Biden said during a visit to the Office of the Direct of National Intelligence, according to a recording of his visit. Biden did not clarify how the U.S. measures a breach “of great consequence,” but his remarks come after a series of Russian ransomware attacks and other cyberattacks have hit U.S. government and private sector entities.