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Update Ransomware: New Procedure

30.07.2019 – During the last few weeks, Swiss companies have been targeted by a new kind of cyber-attack where the attackers were able to infiltrate the company’s network and encrypt all data with a crypto Trojan. Several well-known Swiss companies have been affected by this kind of attack.

Encryption trojans increasingly target corporate networks

09.05.2019 - Since the beginning of 2019, there is an increase of reports from SMEs and larger companies in Switzerland and abroad which have been attacked by ransomware. In some cases the attackers were able to encrypt the backup as well.

Why the internet of things (IoT) could cause a power cut

IoT devices can be misused to a large extent for cyber attacks, successful blackmail attempts (e.g. fake sextortion) as well as money transfer fraud with Office 365 access data and the main topic "Dealing with purchased risks in hardware and software". The 28th semi-annual report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI) published on 30 April 2019 deals with the most important cyber incidents of the second half of 2018 in Switzerland and abroad.

Sextortion: numerous people in Switzerland affected – authorities launch "www.stop-sextortion.ch"

Blackmailers claim in an email to have access to computers and webcams and threaten to publish pictures and videos with sexual content if no ransom is paid. This scam is called fake sextortion and typically requires payment in bitcoins. With the help of this fraud method, over the past six months criminals have obtained bitcoins worth approximately CHF 360,000 in spite of the small sums demanded. As long as the victims pay the ransom, this procedure will be invigorated and will continue to be used. Help stop this scam and refrain from paying any ransom. On the website www.stop-sextortion.ch, which was launched by the authorities today, you can find information and report fake sextortion emails.

Whoever uses the same password more than once, helps attackers

08.11.2018 - The 27th semi-annual report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI), published on 8 November 2018, addresses the most important cyber incidents of the first half of 2018 both in Switzerland and abroad. The key topic is dedicated to the vulnerabilities in hardware. The focus is also on targeted malware attacks, for which the name of the Spiez Laboratory was misused, as well as various data leaks and the problem of multiple use of a password.

Data leaks, crimeware and attacks on industrial control systems – topics in the MELANI semi-annual report

26.04.18 - The 26th semi-annual report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI), published on 26 April 2018, addresses the most important cyber incidents of the second half of 2017 both in Switzerland and abroad. Among other things, the focus is on the widespread use of crimeware and attacks on industrial control systems in the medical technology sector. The spate of data leaks and their repercussions are examined in the main topic.

Encryption Trojans and malicious emails in name of authorities on the rise

02.11.2017 - The 25th semi-annual report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI), published on 2 November 2017, addresses the most important cyber incidents of the first half of 2017 both in Switzerland and abroad. The encryption Trojans Wanna Cry and NotPetya, which made the headlines worldwide in spring 2017, are the focal point of the report.

For secure dealings with the internet of things

20.04.2017 - The 24th semi-annual report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI), published on 20 April, addresses the most important cyber incidents of the second half of 2016 both in Switzerland and abroad. The focal point of the report is the internet of things, which is becoming increasingly significant.

Cyberextortion: key topic in MELANI semi-annual report

The 23rd semi-annual report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI), published today, highlights the main national and international cyber incidents of the first half of 2016. In its key topic, the report analyses the increased numbers of attacks using cyberextortion. The report also focuses on various data leaks.

Technical Report about the Malware used in the Cyberespionage against RUAG

23.05.16 - The Reporting and Analysis Center for Information Assurance (MELANI) was tasked by the Federal Council to produce a report about the technical findings concerning the RUAG Incident. It is targeted towards network security professionals and is meant to support those responsible for security identifying risks within their own networks, as well as implementing additional security measures.

Further information

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