This remark was posted right this moment on my put up of 27 January concerning the Woodland Trust website being hacked and I reproduce it right here as a result of I believe it’s fascinating (and sounds believable);
It’s the identical virus that hit SEPA (see https://www.sepa.org.uk/about-us/cyber-attack/), who to be trustworthy are being much more forthcoming with informing the general public about it. Each assaults are very more likely to be a part of the worldwide Solarwinds exploit (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SolarWinds#2019%E2%80%932020_supply_chain_attacks).
If you happen to look into it, you’ll discover fairly a number of UK public establishments had been hit throughout the assault. Neither the WT nor SEPA (or every other targets, so far as I do know) have acquired any demand for ransom, regardless of similarities between the software program instruments utilized by the attackers and people utilized by standard information ransomers.
The Solarwinds hack is the one largest incident of cybercrime / espionage so far, and each these organizations actually are small fry in comparison with a few of the central authorities our bodies that had been additionally hit.
That’s to not say that information belonging to SEPA and the Trust, together with private and worker information, hasn’t been compromised and copied to unknown servers, as a result of that’s (a part of) what’s occurred – for sure with SEPA, most probably with the Trust as properly. It’s simply to say that the motivations for the theft weren’t essentially monetary or ideological, and plenty of different organizations are additionally affected.