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Warning against false emails purporting to be from the FOPH

14.03.2020 - Since Friday lunchtime (13 March 2020), cybercriminals have been exploiting public anxiety related to the coronavirus. They are attempting to spread malware using emails purporting to be from the FOPH. The Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance MELANI is therefore warning the public. Delete such emails immediately.

Beware: Ransomware continues to pose a significant security risk for SMEs

19.02.2020 - In recent weeks, MELANI / GovCERT has dealt with more than a dozen ransomware cases in which unknown perpetrators encrypted the systems of Swiss SMEs and large companies and rendered them unusable. The attackers made ransom demands of several tens of thousands of Swiss francs, in some cases even millions.

Encryption Trojans still on the rise

29.10.2019 - The 29th semi-annual report of the Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance (MELANI) addresses the most important cyberincidents of the first half of 2019 both in Switzerland and abroad. The main focus of the current report is cyberattacks with encryption Trojans, which caused considerable damage worldwide during the first half of the year.

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.

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