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Myra’s monthly security highlights present IT decision makers and security specialists with the most relevant topics from the world of cybersecurity. IT security trends, defense strategies and reports on cyber attacks, hacker campaigns, and more are available here in a clearly laid out format.

COVID19 also shapes the IT security landscape. In May, cybercriminals again used the pandemic as an intensifying factor for their attacks, increasingly targeting the financial industry. But hackers won’t even stop at supercomputers for research and development.

The top IT security topics in May

IT security trends

Cybercriminals exploit corona crisis for attacks:

While COVID19 is causing a global state of emergency, cybercriminals, and hacker groups are taking advantage of the situation to target critical services. In addition to the public sector, the healthcare, and financial industries are also affected by the attacks:

Credential stuffing is increasingly becoming a problem for banks and payment service providers:

The systematic misuse of login data on the internet is one of the most frequently used tools of attack for cybercriminals. Online scammers are mainly looking for lucrative access for banking and payments.

The Association of German Banks (BdB) sees a need for action:

Banks must expect much more sophisticated cyber attacks in 2020 than in the past. This is why coordinated measures for more IT security and industry-wide cooperation are now required:

Mobile on the move:

Security-critical applications from the banking sector are also increasingly being used on mobile devices. It is important there to create secure platforms for financial services:

Cybercrime

Supercomputers under fire:

A number of European high-performance data centers had to disable access to their supercomputers due to hacker attacks. The SuperMUC facility at the Leibniz Supercomputing Center in Garching, the Hawk high-performance computer at the Stuttgart HLRS, and the Jureca system in Jülich were also affected. The background to the cyber attacks is currently still unclear:

Major attack on WordPress:

In a large-scale attack campaign, a hacker group took fire at over 900,000 WordPress websites. The sites were to be taken over by cross-site scripting (XSS).

Best practices, defense & mitigation

Remote work requires security by design:

Working safely away from the office is commonplace in times of corona. User-friendly IT security provides practical protection.

IT Security Act 2.0 makes BSI a powerful cyber authority:

The new draft for an expanded IT Security Act provides for the retention of log data, among other things. The office is also to be expanded by about 600 positions, according to plans by Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CDU):

Cybersecurity and business must work in harmony:

Gartner analysts are calling for decision-makers to make IT security a business-critical area in companies. After all, cybersecurity decisions have a direct impact on business results – not least due of the impact of the corona pandemic:

Things to know

What exactly does the BSI do?

The Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) is committed to the protection of IT systems in government agencies, companies, and private households. Find out what they do in detail here:

There will be cybercriminals for as long as the money keeps rolling in:

Digital attackers usually act out of monetary interests. Current studies show that in 9 out of 10 cases cyber attacks are financially motivated:

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