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Security news for July 23 2021: Are hackers targeting the Olympics?

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edited August 2021 in This Week in Security News

Here are some of the most notable cybersecurity headlines you need to know for the week of July 23, 2021:

Ransomware Tracker: is the Private sector at risk?

According to the latest figures ransomware and cybersecurity threats are growing within the Private sector. Look no further than the Colonial Pipeline incident, JBS Foods attack, the Saudi Aramco Data leak, and the Kaseya breach — we are only halfway through 2021! Are threat actors targeting organizations that can stomach multimillion-dollar ransom demands? Or are the increased rates of ransomware and cybersecurity threats endemic of increased cybersecurity threats over all industries?

Biden administration prioritizes Cybersecurity 

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issues its second directive requiring pipeline owners to implement urgent protections against cyber attacks. This comes on the heels of the Colonial Pipeline being held at ransom by hackers for $2.3 million USD worth of Bitcoin. But is the directive too little too late?

The Olympics: a major target for hackers

Cyberattacks have disrupted every Olympic Games since 2016! In a public alert released Monday, the FBI warned that hackers could try a number of potential attacks to disrupt the Tokyo Games. With the polarizing views on whether the Olympics should be occurring in the midst of the ever-present Covid-19 pandemic and the threat of cyberattacks will the Olympics be able to go off as planned?