Cyber Security Watch September 2020

By Simon Stone | November 5th, 2020 | Cyber Security Watch

With cyber crime on the rise, you’ll need to make sure you’re up to date with what’s happening in the digital world. From rising malware attacks during COVID-19 to a German hospital patient dying after a potential cyber attack, here are the biggest cyber security stories from September.

Online fraud cases rise during COVID-19

The 2020 Half Year Fraud Update revealed that fraudsters are going away from face-to-face methods such as contactless (down 20%) and cheque (down 78%), with online fraud, such as phishing attacks and scam calls increasing as a result. According to UK Finance, remote banking fraud losses have soared 21% (against 2019) to reach £80m. 




Evasive malware attacks surge 

70% of all malware attacks involved evasive zero-day malware in Q2 of 2020, according to Watch Guard’s Internet Security Report. This is a 12% rise on the previous quarter. In Q1, overall malware detections fell by 8%. Experts believe the rise is the result of remote working during the Covid-19 lockdown. 




Hackers develop malware to break Android user’s Google Two-Factor Authentication

An Iranian hackers group has developed an Android malware that intercepts Google’s two-factor authentication, exposing the user’s personal details. The malware is disguised within apps. Once installed, the malware can steal the user’s contact details, use the microphone to record conversations and copy messages. 




Firefox bug allows hackers to hijack all the Firefox for Android browsers

Mozilla Firefox has fixed a bug that can hijack Android users’ browsers if they are on the same Wi-Fi network. The bug forces users to access malicious sites, such as phishing pages. Mozilla has fixed the bug with Firefox 79, so for those Firefox users who are not using the latest version, we recommend updating your browsers now.



Patient dies after potential malware attack 

German police have launched a homicide investigation after a patient at the Düsseldorf University Hospital died whilst being transferred to another hospital. Reports show the patient was moved after computer systems were disabled. If confirmed to be the work of hackers, it would be the first known case of a life being lost as a result of a hack. 




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