KW 7: Companies neglect cybersecurity requirements, Youtubers on Safer Internet Day, Hacker attack on water supply in Florida


Companies neglect cybersecurity requirements: Researchers at the Fraunhofer IPT have criticized the fact that companies are extremely lagging behind when it comes to cybersecurity and that almost none of the security requirements are met. In networked production, machines, systems, network and computer technology are connected to one another in a common IT environment. Regular security updates for machines are generally not carried out for several decades. This increases the attack surface. None of the 29 companies investigated met the cyber security precautions. Questionnaires are now intended to help.

Youtubers on Safer Internet Day: As early as 1999, the Safer Internet program launched by the European Commission wanted to create awareness of online dangers and the use of digital media. In their videos, Youtubers provide information about phishing, two-factor authentication and secure passwords. “We all love the internet, especially myself. I feel like I live on the internet. But of course you also have to be safe and careful on the World Wide Web,” explains Austrian YouTuber, columnist, author and cabaret artist, Michael Buchinger.

Hacker attack on water supply in Florida: A computer hacker gained access to the water system of a city in Florida and tried to pump in a dangerous amount of a chemical, officials say. The hacker briefly increased the amount of sodium hydroxide (lye) in Oldsmar’s water treatment system, but a worker spotted it and reversed the action. Lye is used in small amounts to control acidity but a large amount could have caused major problems in the water. No arrests have yet been made and it is not known if the hack was done from within the US or outside. A computer controlling Oldsmar’s water treatment system was remotely accessed on Friday.

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Cyberpunk 2077 studio’s hacked data has reportedly been sold: Hackers have reportedly sold the game source code and other information stolen from Cyberpunk 2077 and The Witcher 3 studio CD Projekt Red (CDPR). Cybersecurity firm Kela released screenshots of a post on the hacking forum Exploit allegedly posted by the attackers, saying that they’ve received an offer for the data from outside the forum. They added that they ended the auction at the request of the buyer. Cybersecurity Twitter account vx-underground subsequently confirmed that the auction had closed. On Tuesday, CDPR disclosed it had been the victim of a ransomware attack in which hackers had collected certain data from the company.

AI searches for dead shells in Kiel: A geospatial company based in Kiel analyzes old World War diaries with AI to find information about dumped ammunition and duds. After ten years on the market, the company now has twenty employees and the software is so advanced that it can read information such as position data, proper names, ammunition types and weather data from the scanned documents. Even 76 years after the end of the war, an estimated 1.6 million tons of ammunition are still in the sea – in the Baltic Sea alone. A danger to the ecosystem, but also to shipping traffic and fishermen who cast their nets on the seabed. “Artificial intelligence is a decisive step in first finding and mapping the contaminated sites,” said Schleswig-Holstein’s Environment Minister Jan Philipp Albrecht.

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EY Global Information Security Survey 2020: 60% of global organizations were affected by a material or significant cybersecurity incident in 2020.


VdTÜV study: Increasing concern about cyber attacks on networked products: Many consumers‘ trust in smart home products is slowly declining. Around 66% believe that the risk of a hacker attack from internet-connected televisions, alarm systems or vacuum cleaner robots is increasing. 68% also fear the misuse of personal data. In addition, 80% do not know how well the devices are protected against cyber attacks. This is the result of a representative Forsa survey on behalf of the TÜV Association among 1,005 people aged 16 and over. On the occasion of the „Safer Internet Day“, Dr. Dirk Stenkamp, President of the TÜV Association (VdTÜV), said that protection against cyber attacks must become an integral part of product safety. Consumer safety concerns have slowed the development of the smart home market.

Lego starts campaign for child safety online: The LEGO Group has launched a new series of creative challenges that offer parents and their children a guided method to engage in conversations about being a ‘good digital citizen’ and the importance of online safety. Called Small Builds for Big Conversations, the Build and Talk challenges have been created to address barriers in conversation between parents and children, by giving them fun ways to talk to kids aged six to ten about digital safety and wellbeing. The launch of the campaign follows research from Kaspersky that suggest parents spend only 46 minutes talking to their children about online risks throughout their entire childhood.


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