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Many German chambers of crafts remain offline
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The IT service provider ODAV was the victim of a cyber attack at the beginning of January. Since the service provider provides many services for the German Chamber of Crafts and also hosts the homepages, the pages have been lying idle for weeks. It is still not clear who attacked the service provider of the German Chambers of Crafts ODAV (first report here on January 11, 2024), but the effects are still obvious. Many websites of the nationwide chambers of crafts are still not accessible or are now operating with hastily set up emergency pages. Although these offer important information, they are far from the old services...

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Hacker attack on many German chambers of crafts
B2B Cyber ​​Security ShortNews

Most of the websites of the 53 German Chambers of Crafts are currently unavailable. All of them show the same picture that they are disturbed due to a system failure. However, individual chambers have already confirmed a hacker attack on the IT service provider. At the moment you can quickly find out which chamber of crafts operates its systems or at least the homepage of the IT service provider ODAV in Straubing, Bavaria. All web addresses are currently redirected to www.hwk-info.de and only show an information banner with the note “Our homepage is currently not accessible!”. There is also the information “We are working hard to improve our systems...

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Hackers promote fake websites on search engines 
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Since May 2023, security experts have been monitoring a campaign by hackers who use online ads to lure their victims to fake websites. The Bitdefender Labs experts are aware of references to supposed websites of well-known services such as AnyDeks, WinSCP, Cisco AnyConnect, Slack and TreeSize. In recent years, hackers have increasingly targeted customers and businesses with infected software promoted via advertisements. The recipe is simple: cybercriminal groups set up fake websites for highly interesting software and promote them through advertisements at the top of the results page. It only takes one search and one click to…

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Cyber ​​attack on energy supplier Entega
Cyber ​​attack on energy supplier Entega

Energy supplier Entega has fallen victim to a cyber attack. The good news for the time being: The critical infrastructure of the Darmstadt-based energy supplier is not affected – but the e-mail accounts of around 2.000 employees and the company's website are. Comments from Barracuda and FTAPI Software. Cyber ​​attacks happen when you least expect them. “This time it probably hit the Hessian energy supplier Entega in the night from Saturday to Sunday. In order to be able to react as efficiently as possible, it is necessary to have emergency plans and clear responsibilities. A working backup can also be extremely helpful in ransomware attacks...

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Severe cyber attack on Ukrainian government websites

On Friday January 14, 2022 there was a cyber attack on several websites of the Ukrainian government and embassy. Commentary on the incident by John Hultquist, VP of Intelligence Analysis, Mandiant. “The sweeping defacement of several Ukrainian government websites is consistent with incidents we have observed in the past as tensions have risen in the region. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was already defamed during the invasion of Georgia in 2008. The Georgian President was then compared to Hitler. As recently as 2019, GRU unit 74455 (“Sandworm”) carried out mass defacements in Georgia….

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Watering hole attacks on the media, governments and defense companies
Watering hole attacks on the media, governments and defense companies

The investigation focuses on spyware from the Israeli company Candiru. ESET exposes watering hole attacks on the media, governments and defense companies. The targets are the websites of the companies. The researchers at the European IT security manufacturer ESET have uncovered strategic attacks on the websites of the media, governments, Internet service providers and aviation and defense companies. According to current knowledge, the focus is on organizations in countries in the Middle East or with connections there. The affected countries are Iran, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Italy, Great Britain, South Africa and primarily Yemen. Targeting German websites Germany, too, was targeted by cyber spies: the attackers falsified ...

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Blocked more than a million phishing websites
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Cyber ​​criminals are still using the Covid-19 topic for themselves, as a current Kaspersky analysis of anonymous data shows. From March 2020 to July 2021, the cybersecurity company's products blocked over a million attempts to visit pandemic-related phishing websites worldwide. A total of 300 websites in Europe have been blocked in the study period since the beginning of the pandemic. Most of the attempts came from Germany: a third of the blocked websites were tried to be accessed from here. Most hits from Germany The most common methods used by cyber criminals to seduce users into disclosing data include fake payment offers and discounted COVID-19 tests. Since…

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