Cyberpunk 2077 Held to Ransom

The extremely popular video game released on 10th December 2020 was hit by a ransomware style attack just days ago.

The game which had amassed more than 13 million sales in its first few days is one of the many casualties to hit the industry. 

Attacks from hackers are on the rise, between November 2017 to March 2019 the industry was hit by 12 billion cyber attacks.

It is unknown at this stage as to what information, if any, that the hackers were able to siphon off. The ransom note from the attackers claimed they had copies of their accounts, admin, investor information, the full source code for Cyberpunk 2077 along with two additional games, Witcher3, and Gwen.

The company is due to release an update on the situation in the coming days.


MAJOR Windows 10 Vulnerability Patch

Microsoft released a zero-day exploit patch on Wednesday 10th February for Windows 10, Server 2019 users. It’s advised that users update and install the patch immediately.

The announcement comes a day after 56 vulnerabilities were patched by the company.

Zero-day vulnerabilities are unknown vulnerabilities within a computer software, they are like a hidden doorway into the system, hackers look through the developers code to find these doorways and figure out how to exploit/unlock them, once they are in, they are pretty much free to roam around and do what they like on that system and the connected networks.



Home Working Cyber Attacks on the Rise

There’s no two ways about it, home working cyber attacks are on the rise, but causing far more financial upset and irreparable damage to businesses than they really should.

In a study carried out in April last year, 57% of IT decision makers in the UK believed that remote workers will expose their companies to the risks of data breaches, and unfortunately they were right.

In a recent study by Hayes Connor Solicitors it found that very few organisations were taking their remote working employees cyber security seriously, and those that thought they had, hadn’t necessarily.

According to the respondents to the survey:

  • 1 in 5 had received no data protection guidelines while working from home during lockdown.
  • 1 in 5 had received no training for handling company data, GDPR or cyber security.
  • 1 in 4 companies are not using encrypted email software.
  • 2 in 3 companies are failing to get both password protection and encryption security policies in place.
  • 2 in 3 employees who printed documents at home admitted to putting these documents in the bins both in and outside their house.

Stormy Weather for Leading French Cybersecurity Firm StormShield 

StormShield the only industrial firewall to receive certification from the French Security Agency was hacked last week.

Hackers gained access to sensitive data through the support ticket system and stole source code from the Stormshield’s Network Security firewall software.

Customers who may have had their personal data breached are being contacted.


Intelligence Lacking at Mensa

The British Mensa website came under attack by cyber criminals on the 2nd February. All (approx.) 18,000 members fell victim. 

The attack came just days after two of the directors quit their roles due to their concerns about the weakness in Mensa’s password security.

Eugene Hopkinson, Mensa’s technology director, told the Financial Times that he stood down after the organisation failed to properly protect sensitive data records.

The rift in the organisation continues.