Cyber Security Watch November 2020

By Simon Stone | December 9th, 2020 | Cyber Security Watch

This has been one of the biggest years for cyber security since its inception with a record number of breaches and incidents affecting many areas of our society. 

October saw cyber-attack threats to the US healthcare system and the number of infected IoT devices rise exponentially. 

Here are the biggest cyber security stories from October.


US hospitals facing ‘imminent’ threat of cyber attacks

The FBI has warned that cyber criminals may soon strike the US healthcare industry, with a cyber attack that has already affected five hospitals. On Wednesday (28th October), the FBI commented saying there was an “increased and imminent cybercrime threat” to healthcare organisations around the world. The ransomware aims to scramble the patient’s data with the hackers then charging extortionate sums to have the data decoded. 


2020 is the worst year for the number of “breached” records 

This year, there has been a record-breaking 36 billion cyber breaches according to Risk Based Security’s 2020 Q3 Data Breach QuickView Report. This includes stolen data and cloud-based misconfigurations. The report also showed the healthcare sector is the most affected area with 11.5% connected events. 


The number of infected IoT devices rise

According to Nokia’s Threat Intelligence Report 2020, the number of infected IoT devices has risen 100% in the last year. Infected IoT devices now account for 32.7% of the total. It is expected that with the rise in 5G the number of cases will sharply rise, providing a new challenge for telecommunication providers. 


London council hit by a cyber attack

Hackney Council in North London has been the target of a cyber attack that has affected its IT services. The council is working with the National Cyber Security Centre and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to uncover the cause of the incident. It’s still uncertain what type of cyber attack has taken place. 


Russian hackers planned to target Tokyo Olympics 

The UK Foreign Office has said that Russia’s GRU military intelligence had carried out “cyber reconnaissance” against officials and organizations involved. The attacks took place before the 2020 games were postponed. The UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called the hackers “cynical and reckless”. Officials haven’t yet specified the extent of the cyber attacks.

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