News – April 2018


  • Retail sector top cyber attack target

    April 5, 2018

    The retail sector suffered the most breach incidences (16.7%) in 2017 as attackers became more organised, the latest Trustwave security report shows. The retail sector was followed by the finance and insurance industry(13.1%) and hospitality (11.9%), according to the 2018 Trustwave global security report, which is based on the analysis of billions of security events worldwide, hundreds ...

  • Critical flaw leaves thousands of Cisco Switches vulnerable to remote hacking

    April 4, 2018

    Security researchers at Embedi have disclosed a critical vulnerability in Cisco IOS Software and Cisco IOS XE Software that could allow an unauthenticated, remote attacker to execute arbitrary code, take full control over the vulnerable network equipment and intercept traffic. The stack-based buffer overflow vulnerability (CVE-2018-0171) resides due to improper validation of packet data in Smart ...

  • Tech and digital start-ups needed for the oil & gas industry

    April 4, 2018

    The oil & gas industry is currently undergoing a digital transformation, and the interest in emerging technologies and the latest developments is ever-growing. The variety of solutions is overwhelmingly wide, ranging from robotics, artificial intelligence and IoT, to data analytics and many more. Digital technologies such as big data analytics, AI, and cloud-enabled mobility allow companies ...

  • Insecure SCADA Systems Blamed in Rash of Pipeline Data Network Attacks

    April 4, 2018

    After a cyberattack shut down numerous pipeline communication networks this week, experts are stressing the importance of securing third-party systems in supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) environments. Over the past two days, various major U.S. pipelines across the country reported data system blackouts after a third-party electronic communication system was attacked. That electronic data interchange ...

  • New MacOS Backdoor Linked to OceanLotus Found

    April 4, 2018

    We identified a MacOS backdoor (detected by Trend Micro as  OSX_OCEANLOTUS.D) that we believe is the latest version of a threat used by OceanLotus (a.k.a. APT 32, APT-C-00, SeaLotus, and Cobalt Kitty). OceanLotus was responsible for launching targeted attacks against human rights organizations, media organizations, research institutes, and maritime construction firms. The attackers behind OSX_OCEANLOTUS.D target MacOS computers which have ...

  • Global experts gather at SCTX18 to fight war on terror

    April 3, 2018

    3rd April 2018 – Since the breakup of the caliphate in Syria, the terrorist threat has evolved as extremists now remain in their home countries and look to launch attacks from inside their borders. This has presented those tasked with protecting nations, businesses and the public with new challenges as security forces constantly fight to stay one ...

  • Energy Transfer Says ‘Cyber Attack’ Shut Pipeline Data System

    April 3, 2018

    A cyber attack that hobbled the electronic communication system used by a major U.S. pipeline network has been overcome. Energy Transfer Partners LP was confident that, after 6 p.m. New York time on Monday, files could safely be exchanged through the EDI platform provided by third-party Energy Services Group LLC, the pipeline company said in a notice. ...

  • U.S. DoD Hopes To Stamp Out Threats With Bug Bounty Program

    April 2, 2018

    The U.S. Department of Defense is doubling down on routing out vulnerabilities in its massive government systems. On Monday, the DoD announced it was expanding its bug bounty program to include the agency’s massive Defense Travel System. The “Hack the DTS” program launched in partnership with bug bounty firm HackerOne. It targets potential threats found in a ...