[Weekly Security News] Finnish government websites hit by DDoS attacks during a speech at the Finnish parliament.

April 15, 2022

1. Finnish government websites hit by DDoS attacks during a speech at the Finnish parliament.

According to the Finnish government, the websites of the Finnish defense and foreign affairs were targeted by a cyberattack while Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who is the president of Ukraine, was giving a speech at the Finnish parliament.

The websites had been hit by cyberattacks and were taken offline, but although they soon returned to normal within an hour, the foreign ministry has taken measures in cooperation with service providers and the Cybersecurity Centre, 

The foreign ministry stated that there is no information as to the attacker’s identity at the moment, but given the timing of the incident, there is a possibility of suspicion that is likely to fall on Russian cyber threat actors.

Source: Info Security Magazine, News ERR, Euro News


2. Microsoft blocks Russian cyberattacks targeting Ukraine and the West.

Microsoft announces they have disrupted cyberattacks from a Russian-related group called Strontium (APT28 and Fancy Bear) targeting Ukraine and the West. Most targeted organizations included Ukrainian institutions and media organizations, as well as foreign policy government bodies in the US and EU.

The company stated that the actions are part of a larger effort by businesses and governments to stop attacks on Ukraine, and the FBI says Russia’s GRU military intelligence department has quietly blocked Russian malware that allowed it to build a botnet using malware-infected computers networks.

Source: Cybersecurity Dive, Engadget


3. Tips on how to reduce the risk of successful cyber-attack and improve cybersecurity 

The article explains three things that help you achieve better cybersecurity and improve cyber hygiene, but one thing to say is adopting a zero-trust mindset.

Imagine that you can’t trust your network, applications, or your employees to be secure, and assume that you have been or will be breached. Adopting zero trust means you invest in people, processes, and best-of-breed security automation to continually validate that those employees, networks, and applications are secure – and that your business operations, customers, staff, and data are protected.

The best way to achieve success across all three strategies is to adopt a continuous approach to assessing and monitoring devices. 

Source: Help Net Security, FlipBoard

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