Cybersecurity firm’s analysis of new attacks

Cybersecurity firms say they are increasingly concerned by attacks on public sites, and the latest attack has taken the form of an elaborate, coordinated campaign targeting websites.

Key points:Cybersecurity firms report the new attacks target sites across Europe and USThis is the first time the campaign has been publicly releasedCyberSecurity firms are worried the attacks could spread through other countries and into the wider global economyThe new attacks come on the heels of the recent spate of ransomware attacks in the UK and US that have been blamed on the same actors.

“We see that the campaign is becoming increasingly complex and more and more sophisticated,” said Matti Sainio, senior research fellow at security firm Symantec.

“We believe that it’s likely to continue.”

The campaign appears to have been designed by a Russian group called the Shadow Brokers (Borussia-based group said to be led by ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden).

“It seems to be the result of a concerted effort to attack websites across Europe, including the UK,” SainIO said.

“This is not just a UK problem, this is a global problem.”

Cyber security firms say the new attack is similar to recent attacks on Google and Microsoft, which have been described as part of a wider cyberwar.

“I think we see it as similar to what we saw earlier this year in the US,” said Sainios.

“The way that we see this is that these are all connected in some way.”

The attacks are taking place on websites that have already been hit by ransomware.

“There is a very strong correlation between these attacks and the ransomware that is being used by the Shadowbrokers,” Sainsio said.

“They have taken it to an extreme level and it is very difficult to defend against.”

In a separate development, the cybersecurity firm Trend Micro has also reported a major cyberattack on a number of US-based companies that rely on public sector IT systems.

The company’s report said the attacks on several large companies were connected to a sophisticated ransomware campaign known as Cryptowall.

“Cryptowall is a new malware family that has been developed in recent years by a group of cybercriminals with an interest in public sector data,” the company wrote.

“It targets large organisations and government institutions in the United States, Canada, and Europe, targeting systems that are used by law enforcement, public health, and other government agencies.”

Cybergang, a company that provides cybersecurity protection to the public sector, said its data had been breached.

“Several major US-listed companies, including GE, NASA, and ExxonMobil, have reported instances of Cryptowalkers accessing their data,” Cybergang’s president and CEO, Peter Svartholm, wrote.

Cyber threat response and response strategies are now in the spotlight, with some experts warning that a lack of cybersecurity policies is leaving vulnerable businesses vulnerable to cyber attacks.

“The risk is not only that organisations are not protecting their data, but that they are not paying attention to their cyber security,” said Paul Gaudet, the CEO of cybersecurity firm ThreatConnect.

“There’s no way for organisations to take the necessary action to protect themselves.”

Cygwin, the firm that manages Microsoft’s security, also issued a statement this week saying that it had been targeted in a cyber attack on its systems, with “several” employees in the company’s cybersecurity department reporting being infected.

“Our systems are under constant threat and we have a team dedicated to protecting our customers’ data,” it said.

The attacks come amid heightened concerns about cybercrime in the wake of the Sony Pictures hack.

In February, US President Donald Trump said he wanted to bring back a form of “warrantless wiretapping”, which would allow authorities to monitor phone calls and internet activity without warrants.