CYBERSECURITY – LUXEMBOURG INCREASES ITS LEAD

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keywords: cybersecurity competence center, cases, circl, risk prevention, luxembourg. While Luxembourg is increasingly targeted by cyber attacks, the IT risk associated with malicious actions is taken very seriously. The latest initiative taken by the Grand Duchy is the setting up of the C3 Cybersecurity Competence Center, the national center for cybersecurity skills, whose objective is: – an observatory of threats and vulnerabilities: The Center provides not only technical information, but also an overview of threats and protection mechanisms, as well as key measures and figures needed for good governance. – a…

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FINANCE LUXEMBOURG – LUXTRUST DOWN ON SATURDAY

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keywords: luxtrust, identification, cybersecurity, finance, banks, luxembourg. Without being informed in advance of an unavailability of the service Luxtrust, pillar of the digital identification in Luxembourg, this service is unavailable this Saturday morning. Any attempt to connect will result in the message “An error occurred.” No cause of unavailability nor time of service return is communicated. LuxTrust is a joint venture owned by the Government of the Grand Duchy with the main Luxembourg banks and the Luxembourg Stock Exchange. LuxTrust is highlighted by the Luxembourg authorities as a symbol of digital…

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CYBERSECURITY – LUXEMBOURG ADVISES BELGIAN GOVERNMENT

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keywords: cybersecurity, cases.lu, securitymadein.lu, best practices, risk prevention, luxembourg. While cyber attacks on Luxembourg are constantly increasing and Europol confirms the same trend at European level, cybersecurity is a major issue. Although no study to date has quantified losses to the Luxembourg economy as a result of cybercrime and companies are reluctant to report on financial losses related to cyber attacks, the amounts are significant, as an example the latest wave of ransomware Wannacry has in particular affected BNP Paribas Real Estate in Luxembourg. The Grand Duchy has been focusing…

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CYBER ATTACK – UIWIX AND WANNACRY USE THE SAME WINDOWS FLAW

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keywords: cyberattack, cybersecurity, virus, luxembourg. Not a day without its ransomware type cyberattack? It is now the Chinese authorities who warn users after discovering a new ransomware type virus named UIWIX. This virus was detected last week by the Danish firm of cyber security Heimdal Security. The virus uses the same flaw in the Windows operating system as that used by WannaCry and spreads in the same way from one machine to another. It also has the same effects: data encryption and ransom demand by hackers. After infecting 200,000 machines…

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CYBER ATTACK – IS ADYLKUZZ/MONERO THE NEW THREAT

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keywords: cyber attack, cyber security, virus, adylkuzz, monero, luxembourg. Just recovered from the ransomware type “WannaCry” cyberattack  that a new attack potentially even more important by the number of affected computers is announced. This time it is not a ransomware and a priori the data are not in danger. The “Adylkuzz” cyberattack simply consists in a “Trojan” (like WannaCry) that uses a flaw in the Windows operating system in its older (non-upgraded) versions and uses the computer’s resources to create crypto-currency Monero and repatriate these Monero to the initiators of the attack and…

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LUXEMBOURG – GOVERNMENT WARNS ABOUT WANNACRY VIRUS

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keywords: cyber attack, cyber security, ransomware, wannacry, luxembourg. This Saturday, May 13 at 6 pm the Luxembourg Government communicates on the dangers of the “WannaCry” ransomware worldwide cyber attack. The Government explains that the virus is spread by the mailbox and that it uses a vulnerability of the Windows operating system. It is therefore recommended not to open doubtful e-mails. A Windows security update (MS17-010) is available and must be installed. For more than 24 hours now the world is facing what Europol calls ransomware “unprecedented attack”. Large companies and…

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CYBER ATTACKS – UNPRECEDENTED ATTACK LEVEL STATES EUROPOL

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keywords: cyber security, cyber attack, wannacry, ransomware, europol. After 24 hours of cyber attacks, more than 90 countries are affected and among the world’s largest companies. The biggest Spanish firms (including the telecommunications giant Telefonica), the British hospitals, the Renault carmaker in France (a production center had been stopped), nothing seems to be able to stop the surge of ransomware judiciously named “WannaCry”. The various judiciary authorities of the concerned countries open investigations in order to find their origin. The economic impact is probably big. Europol, which synchronizes all European Polices, declares:…

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CYBER ATTACKS – ENGLISH HOSPITALS TARGETED IN LARGE SCALE

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keywords: cyberattacks, hospitals, england, ransomware. After the recent attacks on the servers of Luxembourg state and then Cedexis infrastructure triggering the main French press sites offline for one hour, it is now the English hospitals to undergo a large-scale computer attack. This attack is of the “ransomware” type, messages appear on the screens of the computers indicating that the “computers are now in the hands of the pirates and that to unlock the situation one has to pay”. Some hospitals are forced to divert emergencies to other hospitals, or postpone…

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CYBER ATTACKS – MAIN PRESS WEBSITES IN FRANCE UNAVAILABLE

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keywords: cyber attack, ddos, cyber-security, press, france. After the massive attacks on the Luxembourg State servers, several French press websites such as Le Monde, Le Figaro, Sud Ouest, 20 Minutes, L’Obs were unavailable for about an hour on Wednesday afternoon. The cause is an IT attack, not to these titles directly, but to their IT provider. The situation was back to normal at 17:40. Cedexis company is the provider (a sort of web control tower that routes traffic based on network overload) that suffered a large DDOS attack. The main French media sites are…

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