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.
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.
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.
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.