Chinese Cloud Hopper Hacks

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Jun 27, 2019 11:08 am PST

Report by Reuters highlighting the Chinese ‘Cloud Hopper’ attacks (seemingly linked to ATP 10) that have affected a host of companies, from HPE to Ericsson and IBM as well as various customers such as Nuclear submarine constructor Huntington Ingalls.

Expert Comments:  

Piers Wilson, Head of Product Management at Huntsman Security:  

“Today’s report highlighting the depth and complexity of the ‘Cloud Hopper’ hackers shows that sophisticated and potentially state sponsored attacks can have huge ramifications for businesses, whilst being hugely difficult to defend against. The attacks have clearly penetrated western technology and defence organisations and caused huge amounts of sensitive information to be stolen.   

“However, as much as this report makes for a terrifying read for security professionals and company executives, the fact is that for every well-orchestrated ‘Cloud Hopper’ or ATP10 attack there are many more less-sophisticated attacks that organisations need to defend against. By ensuring that a good level of basic security is in place, businesses can free up time for security teams to work on defending against more advanced attacks, potentially giving organisations a chance of not becoming the next victim making the headlines.” 

Ryan Weeks, Chief Information Security Officer at Datto: 

“The recent “Cloud Hopper” attacks did not rely on sophisticated hacking techniques to gain entry into MSP management platforms. Instead, hackers utilized publicly disclosed passwords and walked right through the front door. These threats will continue, as  MSPs increasingly become the target of threat actors looking to gain access to MSP client data. In fact, Datto’s recent ransomware survey uncovered that 96% of MSPs agree that MSPs are being increasingly targeted by ransomware attacks. MSPs can help protect themselves against attacks by eliminating the re-use of passwords across platforms, using greatly a password manager and enabling two-factor authentication for all logins.”  – Ryan Weeks, Chief Information Security Officer. 

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