Events

Wenlock, Mandeville and you *

There are just 11 days to go until the opening ceremony of the Summer Olympic Games in London. With the games fast approaching, now’s a good time for us to issue a gentle reminder about security.

I’m not thinking here about the security of the games themselves. It’s possible, of course, that someone might try to disrupt the systems used to support the games – for example, defacing web sites, tampering with scoreboards, or planting malware on official games web sites. But the UK government has put in place a team to try to minimise the risk of direct attacks on London 2012 systems.

But I’d like to highlight two possible dangers that might affect visitors to the games.

First, there’s the risk of being tricked into visiting a fraudulent web site that, at first glance, seems to be a legitimate site, e.g. ‘www.london2o12.com’. It’s possible that scammers might try and cash-in on the last-minute scramble for tickets. This could be done to sell bogus tickets, or simply to trick people into entering personal information. And phishers don’t just use e-mail to drive people to such sites. These days, cybercriminals are just as likely to use instant messaging, or messages in social networks.

Second, there’s the risk associated with accessing unsecured wi-fi networks. In an ‘always-on’ world, wi-fi offers a way of staying connected; and you can find a wi-fi hot-spot nearly everywhere you go now. But if it’s an unknown, untrusted wi-fi network, it’s possible for someone to intercept the data you transmit. So if you’re using a laptop or tablet, make sure you have a secure connection by always using ‘https’; and use a unique, complex password for every online account (i.e. one that mixes letters, numbers and symbols and is more than eight characters). If you’re using a smartphone, don’t use an untrusted wi-fi network for any online transaction where you need to type in confidential data – this includes banking, shopping and social networking. And if you have to use public wi-fi (for example, for work), it’s best to use VPN functionality, whichever operating system you use – Windows, Mac OS, Android or iOS.

So if you’re looking to buy tickets for the games, or just planning to be in London this summer, be vigilant and stay safe.

* Wenlock and Mandeville are the official mascots of the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

Wenlock, Mandeville and you *

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 

Reports

APT trends report Q2 2021

This is our latest summary of advanced persistent threat (APT) activity, focusing on significant events that we observed during Q2 2021: attacks against Microsoft Exchange servers, APT29 and APT31 activities, targeting campaigns, etc.

LuminousMoth APT: Sweeping attacks for the chosen few

We recently came across unusual APT activity that was detected in high volumes, albeit most likely aimed at a few targets of interest. Further analysis revealed that the actor, which we dubbed LuminousMoth, shows an affinity to the HoneyMyte group, otherwise known as Mustang Panda.

WildPressure targets the macOS platform

We found new malware samples used in WildPressure campaigns: newer version of the C++ Milum Trojan, a corresponding VBScript variant with the same version number, and a Python script working on both Windows and macOS.

Ferocious Kitten: 6 years of covert surveillance in Iran

Ferocious Kitten is an APT group that has been targeting Persian-speaking individuals in Iran. Some of the TTPs used by this threat actor are reminiscent of other groups, such as Domestic Kitten and Rampant Kitten. In this report we aim to provide more details on these findings.

Subscribe to our weekly e-mails

The hottest research right in your inbox