Weekly News Roundup May 15-19, 2023

Posted on by Kacy Zurkus

I recently attended a retreat and met a woman who had plans to attend 17 Dave Matthews Band concerts this summer. Envy overtook me as I’m not sure I’ll be able to get to a single one. DMB puts on a great show, and getting to a concert is something I look forward to every year. While they continue to put out new music, few songs make my heart tingle in the way that Satellite does. I know, nothing screams Gen X more than a DMB fan, and I’m sure those much younger than I sing “spinning out waiting for you,” and think of Harry Styles when someone mentions the song Satellite. Kids these days.

Yet, if I were a gambling gal, I’d be willing to bet that SpiderOak investors fear that satellites are indeed becoming, in the words of Dave Matthews, “peeping Toms for the mother station.” According to SpaceNews, “Space systems used for national security are “very much at risk from cyber threats”.”

Satellites have been making cybersecurity headlines for a while now, and it’s not only investors who are concerned about cybersecurity protections for satellites. A new bipartisan bill, the Satellite Cybersecurity Act, was introduced to the full Senate this week.

These days, though, it feels like there are peeping Tom’s everywhere, with cybercrime marketplaces offering “pre-order service for stolen credentials.” It’s a rather presumptuous offering, but headlines suggest that cybercrime is on the rise with criminals targeting indiscriminately regardless of age and sectors. Municipalities and K-12 school districts are among the victims.

To learn more about bolstering cyber defenses, check out the wide variety of educational content available in our Library. Now let’s look at what else made headlines this week.

May 19: According to The Cybersecurity 202, Russian attackers allegedly breached the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, which was reported to have had, “significant cybersecurity vulnerabilities left unaddressed.”

May 18: “The rising geopolitical tensions between China and Taiwan in recent months have sparked a noticeable uptick in cyber attacks on the East Asian island country,” The Hacker News reported.

May 18: The Record reported that an 18-year-old Wisconsin man allegedly used stolen credentials purchased on the dark web to steal money from sports betting accounts.

May 18: According to a CISA press release, “The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD) awarded the winners of the fourth annual President’s Cup Cybersecurity Competition in a private ceremony at the White House on Monday, May 15.”

May 18: “A large cybercrime enterprise tracked as the "Lemon Group" has reportedly pre-installed malware known as 'Guerilla' on almost 9 million Android-based smartphones, watches, TVs, and TV boxes,” Bleeping Computer reported.

May 17: Defense One reported, “Cybersecurity, along with many other State Department efforts, is imperiled by the debt-ceiling debate and the likelihood that Congress won’t pass a 2024 budget by the start of the fiscal year on Oct. 1.”

May 16: A popular Ghanian TikTok and Instagram star, Mona Faiz Montrage, was accused of being a member of an online fraud ring.

May 15: Southeast Asia has been the target of, Lancefly, an APT group “deploying a custom-written backdoor.

Kacy Zurkus

Senior Content Manager, RSA Conference

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