5 of the Largest Cyberattacks of 2022

Cyberattacks of 2022 impacted businesses of all shapes and sizes, leaving companies in disrepair and still struggling to this day to rectify the issues that were caused by these hackers. Keep reading as we discover the cyberattacks that shocked the world last year.

5. Medibank

Medibank is one of Australia’s largest health insurers. The company was the victim of a ransomware attack in October, 2022. On October 13, the company noticed suspicious activity on their systems, only to realize that the whole system was compromised a few days later. The hackers tried to settle with the company, which they didn’t accept. They announced the attack about a month later, sharing that 9.7 million past, current, and potential customers had their financial and personal information leaked as a result of this attack.

The hackers released files labeled “naughty-list” and “good-list” online, sharing information on the “naughty-list” about patients with mental health conditions, drug-related treatment, and HIV positive status.

4. Lapsus$

Lapsus$ is a hacking collective that wreaked havoc in 2022 when they attacked some of the world’s largest companies. Victims of theirs included Samsung, Microsoft, and T-Mobile, as well as the Brazilian Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 vaccination records. A group of young individuals who used social engineering to gain access to the networks stole critical information from these companies. With their expertise in data exfiltration, we just have to hope they won’t cause more problems in the future for companies around the world.

3. Ronin Network

The biggest cryptocurrency theft of the year shocked the world when the Ronin Network was hacked by the North Korean group Lazarus. Ronin Network is an Axie Infinity property and was contacted on LinkedIn via a fake company. Unfortunately, employees fell for this connection, offering job interviews and offers to individuals. The official job PDF was then used to corrupt nodes, compromise computers, and validate transactions with Sky Mavis’ Ronin blockchain.

A shocking $625 million dollars of USDC and Ethereum cryptocurrency was exchanged during this time period. Sky Mavis was at the center of the coverage surrounding this attack, as the game developer uses an in-game currency called RON. The Ronin Network is still recovering from this attack and trying to rebuild their reputation.

2. Costa Rica

Pro-Russian hacking group Conti performed one of the biggest cyberattacks of 2022 against Costa Rica on May 8. This ransomware attack disrupted the government’s computing systems and stole information from the Ministry of Finance. They demanded $10 million to avoid exposing the data, which could have destroyed the lives of millions of citizens and business owners in Costa Rica. Rodrigo Chavez Robles, the new President of Costa Rica, worked with cybersecurity professionals from Spain, Israel, the United States, and Microsoft to resolve the issue, but things were only going to get worse.

A few weeks later on May 31, Hive Ransomware Group worked to take over the country’s Social Security system. They corrupted 9,000 endpoints and 800 servers, leaving the government with no choice but to take their systems offline to resolve the issue.

1. Ukraine Cyberattacks

While the four cyberattacks of 2022 we’ve shared so far shocked the world, nothing comes close to the cyberattacks performed against Ukraine. Back in January, the Russian Federation started to carry out huge cyberattacks following the military action on the country, causing even more disruption for this nation. Over the course of the year, 2,000 cyberattacks took place, all of which were aimed at Ukrainian organizations. 

Over 300 of these targeted security and defense organizations, while 400 directly impacted the day-to-day life of civilians. Energy companies, commercial businesses, software development companies, and telecommunication organizations were all impacted. On top of these attacks, over 1,000 separate hacks targeted the military and government of Ukraine. The Kremlin-backed hackers caused many issues for everyone living and working in the country, and we can only hope this year will see the end of these attacks.

As a business owner, you need to protect yourself from cyberattacks. Contact our team of experts today to learn more about how we can help you to secure your business this year.

What is Data Poisoning, and Why Does it Matter?

While artificial intelligence and machine learning both offer many benefits to business owners and individuals, there are always risks when adding new technology to your workplace. Although technology can help to automate your business and save you money in the long run, data poisoning is something you need to be aware of when implementing new technology. Keep reading as we discover what data poisoning is and why you need to be aware of this risk.

Data Poisoning – What Is It?

When hackers tamper with any machine learning training data, this is what we are referring to when we use the term data poisoning. It’s very similar to other issues such as malware, where someone is hoping to attack your business. The aim of data poisoning is to gain access to the machine learning database, so that incorrect and misleading information is left for the system to learn from. This results in artificial intelligence conclusions which could be detrimental to your future business operations.

You’ll find that there are two different types of data poisoning attacks. The first works to attack the availability of the data that can be read, which is a simpler process for hackers. They just aim to add as much bad data into your database as they possibly can. On the other hand, other attacks will target the works of your database, allowing the system to be manipulated. Both of these types of attacks mean even the most complex machine learning system is useless for your business.

Why Should You Be Concerned About Data Poisoning?

More and more businesses are using artificial intelligence and machine learning in their daily processes. This means that your business is left in the hands of your systems, so when the data is corrupted, there will be more issues in your workplace. 

Many of these systems are still in their very early days, but as data continues to progress and they become more complex, even the smallest of changes could make your system completely useless. With the help of technology, we can work to simplify our business processes, but cybercriminals are doing all that they can to stop this technology from being beneficial to companies around the world.

Protecting Yourself From Data Poisoning

The good news is that there are ways you can protect any database from future issues. Good cybersecurity will help to protect AI and ML databases, stopping them from being corrupted. Make sure you also update your software on a regular basis and keep training your employees so that they are confident in protecting your workplace.

Our team is here to support you with your data security and ensure that you aren’t a victim of data poisoning in the future. Contact us today to discuss any concerns you have about protecting your databases or to learn how we can help you to have your most successful year yet by implementing new technology in your workplace.

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Tip of the Week: Turn Off Bluetooth on Android When Not in Use

Bluetooth technology is something that many of us use on a daily basis. For many new Android users, enabling and disabling Bluetooth can be a challenge, but today we’re here to share one of our top user tips to help you make the most of your mobile devices. We’ll also discover why you should turn it on and off and if it’s really something that’s necessary to do when not in use.

How to Enable Bluetooth on Your Android Device

The quickest way to turn it on with an Android device is to head to the quick access panel which you can find at the top of the Android screen. When you swipe down, you’ll see an option for Bluetooth at the top. Some mobile devices do require you to swipe down twice in order to access these settings, but once you get there, you’ll just tap the Bluetooth button to switch it on. You’ll then need to connect it to another wireless device in order to start using this handy feature.

The other option for enabling it is to select the following: Settings > Connected Devices > Connection Preferences > Bluetooth.

How to Turn Off Bluetooth on Your Android Device

There are many reasons why you might need to turn it off, but the good news is that it’s quick and easy to do this when needed. You’ll just follow the steps we shared above for switching it on, but carry this out in reverse order. Swipe down on your mobile device’s screen either once or twice, and then hit the Bluetooth button so that it switches off. You can also follow the instructions to go through the Settings feature, making sure your Bluetooth toggle shows it’s off instead of being left on.

Why Would You Want to Disable Bluetooth?

After reading our user tips for this week, you might be wondering why you would even need to switch off Bluetooth in the first place. The main reason to consider doing this is you don’t want your personal device to just connect to any mobile devices with Bluetooth enabled. With so many concerns surrounding cybersecurity and hackers, you never know what could happen to your phone or tablet as a result of this. You’ve no doubt heard news stories over the years about these security and data breaches, so we recommend always switching off Bluetooth when you don’t need to use it. On top of that, always try and keep an eye on your phone to make sure it never automatically connects to any devices that are nearby.

We hope this week’s tip of the week has been a great help for anyone using an Android device. Make sure you subscribe for more tips each week to help you make the most of your technology for business and personal uses.

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