Legal sector should not encourage ransomware payments

The legal profession has been urged to stop advising clients to pay ransomware demands in a joint letter issued today by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

The open letter asked the Law Society to remind its members that they should not advise clients to pay ransomware demands when they fall victim to a cyber-attack. It emphasized that paying ransoms does not reduce the risk of future attacks on individuals or even guarantee the decryption of networks or return of stolen data. In addition, paying ransomware groups “will not reduce any penalties incurred through ICO enforcement action.”

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Space Force coming to grips with cybersecurity threats

A key challenge for the Space Force is how to assess cyber security risks, said Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting
WASHINGTON — Satellite operators are dealing with the reality that the ground systems and network equipment used to operate space systems provide many entry points for cyber attackers. Cyber and malware attacks can be pulled off at a relatively low cost, making these types of weapons far more accessible than missiles or lasers.

This is an issue of growing concern for the U.S. Space Force, said Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, commander of Space Operations Command.

A key challenge for the Space Force is how to assess cyber security risks, Whiting said July 7 on the Space Policy Show, hosted by the Aerospace Corp.

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Aon Hack Exposed Sensitive Information of 146,000 Customers

Aon recently disclosed that 145,889 of its North American customers had their sensitive information exposed in a large data breach.

The British multinational financial services firm that sells a range of risk-mitigation products announced that hackers breached its systems “at various times” from December 29 2020 to February 26 2022.

Aon disclosed the breach in a Securities & Exchange Commission filing in February. Further details were disclosed three months later, on May 26.

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