First is regarding a ‘Rapid Security Update’ that is being issued by Apple Inc to all iOS devices and applies to iPads and macOS. The technology giant confirmed that the update is a necessity and can be automatically updated as well, if the settings are tweaked. It disallows hackers from taking control of the device and was released to patch up vulnerabilities within the software. Therefore, all users of the device should focus on getting their device installed with the latest update.
Second is the news about a Sydney-based cancer treatment facility that became a victim of a ransomware attack. The Crown Princess Mary Cancer Center is the healthcare facility that is in discussion and federal government agencies are trying to contain the incident on the servers of the facility, which is part of the Sydney West Cancer Network.
Third is the news related to the City of Dallas, where the servers of the Dallas Police Department have fallen prey to a ransomware attack, thus disrupting systems related to emergencies and other calls. The Royal Ransomware Group is said to be involved in the incident, and the cyber arm of the Dallas Police Department is finding ways to mitigate the risks and recover the data as early as possible.
Another alert has been issued against the ROYAL ransomware gang by the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). According to the advisory, all healthcare providers operating in the Indian subcontinent and in the whole of South Asia should be cautious about the said file-encrypting group that mainly targets the healthcare sector. Therefore, computer admins are being warned to be aware of phishing emails, malicious downloads, and be wary of other social engineering attacks.
The next news is related to Pediatric Healthcare Provider Brightline, which is in the field of treating child mental health and trauma. According to sources, a hack has exposed data of over 780,000 children who were patients of Brightline. The data breach took place on January 30th, 2023, impacting about 783,600 people. A related notice has been displayed on the website and investigations revealed that the hackers infiltrated the database with a zero-day vulnerability.
Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, released a press statement yesterday that its cybersecurity teams have disrupted a malware spread campaign that was discovered to be spreading malware like Ducktail and the newly identified NodeStealer. Primary analysis made by the technology giant stated that the malware was being distributed via browser extensions and fake ads running on compromised business accounts.