Monday, November 14, 2022

Cyber Security for Law Firms: Our Top Tips

Of all the face-meltingly stupid narratives that have been circulated about the Cyber securities Optus or Medibank breaches, the dumbest so far has got to be the way financial institutions allow anyone open as many on line bank accounts in any bank as short term gain from scammers from puppy to potty Harry Protego ones as this is causing long term losses for one and all …

We need to have a serious talk about what online banking is; Imagine banks and the public service that serves and protects the public!

 “In some departments, the public service became more like an administrative service to ministers, with core work like policy development being shipped out to consultants”.

That’s a quote from Katy Gallagher’s speech on the government’s reform agenda for the public service.

Government announces team to 'hack the hackers' after Medibank cyber attack

REvil The group’s name is said to be a contraction of the words “ransom” and “evil”. It’s based in Russia, although its network of “affiliates” extends into Eastern Europe. 

The view that the attack is the work of REvil is based partly on links observed between existing REvil sites on the dark web and the extortion site now hosting some of the stolen Medibank data. Further information will undoubtedly come to light in the coming weeks to confirm or alter this assessment.

But the nature of this attack is consistent with the approach and motivations shown previously by REvil.

The group emerged in early 2019, having evolved from an earlier “ransomware as a service” (RaaS) group known as GandCrab. // happy blog /

According to one scholar, Jon DiMaggio, under the RaaS model REvil relied on

hackers for hire, known as affiliates, to conduct the breach, steal victim data, delete backups and infect victim systems with ransomware for a share of the profits.

What do we know about REvil, the Russian ransomware gang likely behind the Medibank cyber attack?

REvil ransomware gang arrested in Russia

REvil upset companies in US

It's a wall-of-shame blog where they publish stolen data from companies which didn't pay the ransom.

EXCLUSIVE Governments turn tables on ransomware gang REvil by pushing it offline

Hackers keeping crypto

Cyber Security for Law Firms: Our Top Tips Law Technology Today: “In the digital era, cyber security is essential for law firms. Data breaches are becoming increasingly common, threatening the privacy of clients’ sensitive information and firms’ reputations. Consider data from ABA’s Cyber Security Report, which states that 25% of law firms have previously suffered a data breach. Among the many consequences of a data breach—breaching obligations, legal action, impact on reputation—the takeaway is clear: No firm can afford to face one. Here’s what lawyers need to know to protect themselves…”

Josh Frydenberg : Only one man could save Scott Morrison from himself. And he chose not to

Exclusive: State Dept. gives law enforcement, intelligence agencies unrestricted access to Americans’ personal data Yahoo News (guurst). Did I miss this one? Has this story been buried at the scrappy by decidedly underdog Yahoo News?

According to documents posted on a Department of Homeland Security website, data collected on U.S. citizens include: names, addresses, birth dates, biometric data like fingerprints and facial images, email addresses, phone numbers, gender, race, Social Security numbers and other types of personal information.


Centene Showers Politicians With Millions as It Courts Contracts and Settles Overbilling Allegations

Centene earns billions of dollars from governments and then uses its profits to back the campaigns of the officials who oversee those government contracts.

Australia on the losing side again: “We see you as an easy lay”

Sooner or later, probably later, NATO plus Australia will be contemplating the consequences of not having won the war in Ukraine. 

Gas export tax would help to fix Australia’s energy crisis, says Dr Ken Henry

The dire state of Australia’s domestic electricity market, and our lack of investment in renewables, has been a mess of our own making, former Treasury secretary Ken Henry has said.