Unbound: No 58 – CyberSecurity Edition

Supply chain attack on Kaseya infects hundreds with ransomware: What we know by Fahmida Y. Rashid | Venturebeat.com

A ransomware gang has successfully encrypted the files of more than 200 businesses after compromising a remote IT monitoring and management tool as part of a supply chain attack. It is not yet known how the attackers compromised the tool, or just how widespread the attack is.

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Google-backed Scorecards bolsters open source security metrics with new checks by Paul Sawers | Venturebeat.com

Google and its co-members at the Open Source Security Foundation (OpenSSF) have announced a major update to their open source security Scorecards project.

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Phishing Attacks Now a Focus for AI Cybersecurity Tools By John P. Desmond, AI Trends Editor | AITrends.com

AI cybersecurity tools are beginning to focus on a rising number of phishing attacks, which involve fraudulent messages aimed at getting the victim to reveal sensitive information or to unwittingly deploy malicious software.  

Attackers used fears related to COVID-19 to ramp up. In the spring of 2020, Google reported blocking 100 million phishing emails a day meant for the 1.5 billion users of Gmail, according to an account from the BBC. Google reported its machine learning tools can block virtually all the attacks. Another observer, Barracuda Networks, offering security products, said it had seen a 667% increase in malicious phishing emails during the pandemic.  

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NASA – Best Photo from Last Week

Hubble Sees a Cluster of Red, White, and Blue

This image taken with the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope depicts the open star cluster NGC 330, which lies around 180,000 light-years away inside the Small Magellanic Cloud. The cluster – which is in the constellation Tucana (the Toucan) – contains a multitude of stars, many of which are scattered across this striking image.

Because star clusters form from a single primordial cloud of gas and dust, all the stars they contain are roughly the same age. This makes them useful natural laboratories for astronomers to learn how stars form and evolve. This image uses observations from Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and incorporates data from two very different astronomical investigations. The first aimed to understand why stars in star clusters appear to evolve differently from stars elsewhere, a peculiarity first observed with Hubble. The second aimed to determine how large stars can be before they become doomed to end their lives in cataclysmic supernova explosions.

Hubble images show us something new about the universe. This image, however, also contains clues about the inner workings of Hubble itself. The crisscross patterns surrounding the stars in this image, known as diffraction spikes, were created when starlight interacted with the four thin vanes supporting Hubble’s secondary mirror.

Text credit: European Space Agency (ESA)
Image credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA, J. Kalirai, A. Milone

Media Contact:
Claire Andreoli
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
301-286-1940

Last Updated: Jul 2, 2021
Editor: Lynn Jenner


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