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Monthly Industry Roundup: Cloud Technology News from May 2021

By WatServ

May 28, 2021

Here is a list of our top cloud technology news stories in May ’21 from the industry.

U.S. Declares Emergency in 17 States Over Fuel Pipeline Cyber Attack
May 11, 2021 | Ravie Lakshmanan, The Hacker News

A state of emergency was issued across many US jurisdictions following a ransomware attack against Colonial Pipeline’s networks. The FBI confirmed that the incident was orchestrated by Darkside ransomware, and on May 7 it forced the company to shut down 5,500 miles of fuel pipeline, raising questions about the U.S. energy infrastructure’s vulnerability to cyberattacks.

A fluent new look for the Azure icon
May 7, 2021 | Erin Zefkeles, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Microsoft

Microsoft has updated the look of the Azure “A” icon and will be rolling it out in the coming weeks. Aligned with the larger Microsoft family of icons, it is part of the organization’s Fluent Design System and is crafted to represent the agile future.

Ground processing with space data 5x faster with Azure
May 19, 2021 | Tom Keane, Corporate Vice President, Azure Global

Microsoft has teamed with Ball Aerospace over the past year to develop the prototype for the Commercially Augmented Space Inter Networked Operations (CASINO) Program Office. This demonstrates Azure’s fast, flexible and extensible commercial capabilities for ground processing in support of defense missions.

Experts Warn About Ongoing AutoHotkey-Based Malware Attacks
May 17, 2021 | Ravie Lakshmanan, The Hacker News

Cybersecurity experts have discovered an ongoing malware campaign that heavily relies on AutoHotkey (AHK) scripting language to deliver multiple remote access trojans (RAT) on target Windows systems. A second version of the malware has been found to block connections to popular antivirus solutions by tampering with the victim’s host file.

New Zealand hospitals infected by ransomware, cancel some surgeries
May 19, 2021 | Laura Dobberstein, The Register

A global reminder of the vulnerabilities of the healthcare industry, this intrusion was believed to have entered through email and took down IT services at New Zealand’s Waikato District Health Board (DHB) and six of its affiliate hospitals. Patient notes became inaccessible, clinical services were disrupted and surgeries postponed. Phone lines went down and hospitals were forced to accept urgent patients only.

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