Russia’s GRU military intelligence gained access to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s e-mail correspondences: Der Spiegel

As per a report from German news magazine Der Spiegel, Russia’s GRU military intelligence may have gained access to many e-mails from German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s constituency office in a 2015 cyber attack on Germany’s parliament. A spokesman for the German government had no immediate comment. Federal criminal police along with Germany’s federal cyber agency…

Hackers manage to access voice mails at Italy’s state-owned Monte dei Paschi bank

In a notice sent to customers by Italy’s state-owned bank Monte dei Paschi, hackers have managed to access the mailboxes of some employees, with the bank informing clients in the notice that on March 30 some messages with voice mail attachments had been sent as a result of the cyber attack. Incidentally, the notice did…

Defense data may have been stolen in cyberattack on Mitsubishi Electric Corp: Japan Defense Ministry

In a statement, Japan’s defense ministry stated, a cyber attack on Mitsubishi Electric Corp, a major supplier of the country’s defense and infrastructure systems, has led to a breach of sensitive data on defense equipment. The potentially stolen data included requirements for defense equipment that Japan’s Defense ministry specified for contract bidders in October 2018,…

Australia probe foreign influence efforts through social media platforms

On Thursday, Australia started an investigation into the potential usage of foreign influence using social media platforms such as WeChat, Facebook, and Twitter. The development comes in the wake of heightened concerns in the country that China is seeking to cast its influence in Canberra’s affairs. In the past, Russia had used social media to…

Cyber attack on Asian ports could cost $110 billion: Lloyd’s of London

A report prepared by University of Cambridge Centre for Risk Studies, on behalf of the Cyber Risk Management (CyRiM) project, in partnership with Lloyd’s, a cyber insurer. On Wednesday, a report backed by Lloyd’s of London stated, a cyber attack on Asian ports could cost a whopping $110 billion equivalent to half of the total…

All insurance policies should provide clarity on cyber attacks: Lloyds Bank

A coordinated global cyber attack could cause economic damage anywhere between $85 billion and $193 billion. Britain’s retail and commercial banking giant Lloyds Bank Plc stated, all insurance and reinsurance policies should clearly state whether they will cover losses caused by a cyber attack; this would be in the best interest of customers and brokers.…

Cyber attack traced back to China: Bayer

In February, Germany’s cybersecurity agency had stated, the country had experienced a big increase in the number of security incidents hitting critical infrastructure, including power grids and water suppliers. German broadcasters BR and NDR had reported on these incidents. In a significant development, Germany’s largest drugmaker, Bayer stated it had mitigated a cyber attack on…

Aluminum producer Norsk Hydro hit by cyber attack

The operations of Norsk Hydro, one of world’s biggest producers of aluminum, have been affected. On Tuesday, Norsk Hydro, one of the world’s biggest producers of aluminum, stated it was subject to a sustained cyber attack that affected its operations. The development sent its shares plummeting downwards, “IT-systems in most business areas are impacted and…