Tech News Hub: WEEKLY NEWS ROUNDUP
Welcome to another session of Tech News Hub: Weekly News Roundup, where we summarise the weekly publications on a single page. We have an exciting roundup, as usual, this week, followed by the devastating war going on, which you're not unfamiliar off.
We are starting our weekly story with Ukraine going through cyber-attacks, which is the slightest problem considering the bombings and killings. The Ukraine-Russia conflict is getting severe daily as the international community is trying their best to stay within legal limits and pursue a solution.
The United Nations, the UK, US, Germany, Canada, and other NATO allies formed together to stop Russian attacks within legal limits. But cyber warfare is happening in between. See the full story to learn more.
Our second story revealed CISA's warning on MuddyWater variant APT (advanced persistent threat) from the Iranian government. Researchers on CISA found out the APT is directly sponsored by the Iranian government.
MuddyWater frequently pops up on the radar, but the full-fledged attack on the European side is not typical at all. It raised concerns as MuddyWater can be linked to FIN7. Clearsky Cyber Security talked about "MuddyWater" operations in Lebon and Oman. The variant is pretty common in Middle Eastern nations, targeting IT services, telecommunications, and oil sectors.
Cloudflare acquired Area 1 Security with a massive paycheck on the bright side of things. The FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center 2020 Internet Reported declared over $1.8 billion in losses due to phishing emails. The acquisition will empower a defensive position against email phishing and similar attacks. Light-reading published a blog on Area 1 Security responsible for blocking nearly 40 million phishing attempts. Along with the typical services provided by Cloudflare, its customers will now benefit from Area 1 Security's email protection system.
Our fourth story concerned the Ukrainian government raising more than $20 million in crowdfunding in crypto donations. As crypto transactions are more accessible than traditional banking transfers, which may cost extra fees to donors and cause delays, crypto came in as the knight in shining armour for Ukraine. According to Elliptic, the government crowdfunded more than $20 million in BTC, ETH and USTD crypto.
More are coming in, and many people on the official Ukrainian government Twitter post asked for a set of diverse wallet addresses as they are interested in donating. Over 23,000 donations were received, of which some of the single ones exceeded millions. Check out the full post to know more and ways you can help in the moment of crisis.
The Parliament again revisits the UK Computer Misuse Act as changes are needed in the former. The UK regulatory board and the Parliament are trying to provide the best ways to protect citizen privacy. Rob Dyke, an open-source researcher, filed complaints that he felt threatened by Apperta Foundation, and the case was taken to High Court. Visit the whole story to learn more.
Our sixth story on tech was a bit of an educational one where we explained DevOps and DevSecOps. They are two of the most critical cloud topics but often get shadowed by other fundamentals. DevOps and DevSecOps are the best ways to leverage the true potential for organisational maturity and so on. Check the whole story to learn more.
The final story of the week was again concerning the current situation between Russia and Ukraine. Ukraine's youngest cabinet minister, 31-year-old Mykhailo Fedorov, is fighting the battle on tech against Russia. They are facing physical harm with the border along with cyber one.
The digital transformation minister set up an underground organisation urging hackers to attack Russian sites while his friend, the Prime Minister of the country, is tackling issues on the border. Convincing multinational businesses and tech giants to move away from Russia and hurting their economy, along with a fight on the cyber world. The minister planned to get the "State in a smartphone", but the concentration moved elsewhere due to the current reasons.
That's all for this week's Tech News Hub: Weekly News Roundup; stay tuned for more handpicked stories.