Critical Infrastructure Protection


Today’s interdependent and interconnected world requires joint efforts and holistic approaches to protect critical infrastructure assets from the growing number of attacks and to address ever-evolving cyber threats to government, energy, healthcare, education, banking, transportation, telecommunication and other critical sectors.

With a dedicated section focusing on Critical Infrastructure protection, we aim to enhance cooperation and engage security professionals through news, articles and in-depth analysis of emerging threats and technologies.


NEWS

  • CISA Issues Supply Chain Compromise Alert, Forms Coordination Group with Other Government Agencies

    January 21, 2021

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently issued an alert regarding an advanced persistent threat (APT) compromising government agencies, critical infrastructures, and private sector organizations. According to CISA, the APT actor is accountable for the compromise of the SolarWinds Orion supply chain. The actor is also responsible for the abuse of commonly used authentication mechanisms. ...

  • UK government urged to undertake digital overhaul

    January 21, 2021

    If the UK is to become a world leader in digital technologies, while at the same time becoming more sustainable, it’s in need of a significant digital overhaul. This is the conclusion of a new report recently released by Public Policy Projects (PPP), Anderson Strategy and Huawei. The “Connected Citizen” report argues, first and foremost, that ...

  • NSA urges system administrators to replace obsolete TLS protocols

    January 20, 2021

    The US National Security Agency has issued a security advisory this month urging system administrators in federal agencies and beyond to stop using old and obsolete TLS protocols. “NSA recommends that only TLS 1.2 or TLS 1.3 be used; and that SSL 2.0, SSL 3.0, TLS 1.0, and TLS 1.1 not be used,” the agency ...

  • Raindrop Backdoor: New Malware Discovered in SolarWinds Investigation

    January 20, 2021

    Symantec, a division of Broadcom, has uncovered an additional piece of malware used in the SolarWinds attacks which was used against a select number of victims that were of interest to the attackers. Raindrop (Backdoor.Raindrop) is a loader which delivers a payload of Cobalt Strike. Raindrop is very similar to the already documented Teardrop tool, but ...

  • Cyberattack fears raise the alarm in Eastern European countries

    January 20, 2021

    The cyberattacks that targeted multiple US government agencies and companies in recent months have raised the alarm in developing Eastern European countries regarding their own cybersecurity capabilities. During the past year, some of them, like North Macedonia, have already experienced breaches of their state IT systems: last summer, the country had its electoral process disrupted by ...

  • A Chinese hacking group is stealing airline passenger details

    January 20, 2021

    A suspected Chinese hacking group has been attacking the airline industry for the past few years with the goal of obtaining passenger data in order to track the movement of persons of interest. The intrusions have been linked to a threat actor that the cyber-security has been tracking under the name of Chimera. Believed to be operating ...

  • Rob Joyce to Take Over as NSA Cybersecurity Director

    January 19, 2021

    As the incoming Biden administration continues to shake up federal leadership, the National Security Agency announced Friday that Rob Joyce, who is currently serving at the U.S. Embassy in London, was named to lead its cybersecurity division. Joyce will inherit the job from Anne Neuberger, who will leave the post to serve as deputy national security ...

  • Improving Your Security Posture with the Pipeline Cybersecurity Initiative

    January 19, 2021

    A few years ago, I worked alongside some oil commodity traders. Environmental concerns aside, I never realized how many parts were required to get the oil out of the ground, not to mention everything else that finally resulted in the production of refined products that surround our lives. As a cybersecurity professional, I was more ...

  • Remediation and Hardening Strategies for Microsoft 365 to Defend Against UNC2452

    January 19, 2021

    In December 2020, FireEye uncovered and publicly disclosed a widespread attacker campaign that is being tracked as UNC2452. In some, but not all, of the intrusions associated with this campaign where Mandiant has visibility, the attacker used their access to on-premises networks to gain unauthorized access to the victim’s Microsoft 365 environment. Goals and Objectives Methodologies that ...

  • DNSpooq bugs let attackers hijack DNS on millions of devices

    January 19, 2021

    Israel-based security consultancy firm JSOF disclosed today seven Dnsmasq vulnerabilities, collectively known as DNSpooq, that can be exploited to launch DNS cache poisoning, remote code execution, and denial-of-service attacks against millions of affected devices. Dnsmasq is a popular and open-source Domain Name System (DNS) forwarding software regularly used that adds DNS caching and Dynamic Host Configuration ...

  • U.S. National Cybersecurity Plan Promises to Safeguard Maritime Sector

    January 18, 2021

    The U.S Government released on January 5, 2021, a cybersecurity plan to secure the nation’s maritime sector against cybersecurity threats that could endanger national security. The Maritime Cyber Environment With International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) mandate “to ensure that cyber risks are appropriately addressed in existing safety management systems” and the increasing number of cyber-attacks against maritime and ...

  • Medical Device Security: Diagnosis Critical

    January 18, 2021

    A hacked insulin pump is the last thing a diabetic wants to worry about when life-saving fluids are pumped into their body. Sadly, concerns about medical device IT security are a healthcare reality. Last year, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) issued more than a half-dozen warnings tied to connected drug pumps alone. Vulnerabilities ...

  • UK MoD under fire over multiple data breaches

    January 18, 2021

    The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) suffered more data breaches in 2020 than in the year prior, seven of which were reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for further investigation. This is according to a new report from the Parliament Street Think Tank, and based on data provided by the MoD itself. Overall, there was an ...

  • Ransomware attacks now to blame for half of healthcare data breaches

    January 15, 2021

    Almost half of all data breaches in hospitals and the wider healthcare sector are as a result of ransomware attacks according to new research. Ransomware gangs are increasingly adding an extra layer of extortion to attacks by not only encrypting networks and demanding hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in bitcoin to restore them, ...

  • Hackers breach Foreign Office computers in cyber attack on Government countryside outpost

    January 15, 2021

    It is understood the attack is not connected to the devastating cyber attack on the Solar Winds Orion software, which US officials pin on Russian hackers. The Foreign Office has not commented on any suspects of its investigation, but tonight confirmed the breach, which was first reported by The Sun. A Government spokesperson said: ‘We take data ...

  • UK: ‘Human error’ blamed for wiping of thousands of police records

    January 15, 2021

    Home Secretary Priti Patel must “take responsibility” for the wiping of 150,000 arrest records from police databases, Labour has said. The records were accidentally wiped last week and they included fingerprint, DNA and arrest histories, according to The Times. The newspaper says the technological blunder could allow offenders to go free, as evidence from crime scenes would ...

  • Xiaomi added to US list of alleged Communist Chinese military companies

    January 15, 2021

    Chinese hardware manufacturer Xiaomi has been added to a list of alleged Communist Chinese military companies by the United States Department of Defense. “The Department is determined to highlight and counter the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) Military-Civil Fusion development strategy, which supports the modernisation goals of the People’s Liberation Army by ensuring its access to ...

  • CISA’s Hometown Security program

    January 14, 2021

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) most important mission it to protect the American people. As part of this mission, DHS fosters collaboration between the private sector and the public sector to mitigate risk and enhance the security and resilience of public gathering sites and special events. DHS provides expert counsel and recommendations on protective ...

  • Australian Home Affairs Minister takes issue with EU Electronic Communications Code

    January 14, 2021

    The Australian government, alongside counterparts from Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States, have rallied together to declare that the unintended consequences of the new European Electronic Communications Code are putting children at risk. The new code came into effect in the European Union on 21 December 2020 and is aimed at harmonising ...

  • NSA Recommends How Enterprises Can Securely Adopt Encrypted DNS

    January 14, 2021

    The National Security Agency released a cybersecurity product, “Adopting Encrypted DNS in Enterprise Environments,” Thursday explaining the benefits and risks of adopting the encrypted domain name system (DNS) protocol, DNS over HTTPs (DoH), in enterprise environments. The release provides solutions for secure implementation based on enterprise network needs. DNS translates domain names in URLs into IP ...

  • Hackers leak stolen Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine data online

    January 12, 2021

    The European Medicines Agency (EMA) today revealed that some of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine data stolen from its servers in December was leaked online. EMA is a decentralized agency responsible for reviewing and approving COVID-19 vaccines, as well as for evaluating, monitoring, and supervising any new medicines introduced to the EU. “The ongoing investigation of the cyberattack ...

  • Europol: World’s Largest Illegal Dark Web Marketplace Taken Down

    January 12, 2021

    DarkMarket, the world’s largest illegal marketplace on the dark web, has been taken offline in an international operation involving Germany, Australia, Denmark, Moldova, Ukraine, the United Kingdom (the National Crime Agency), and the USA (DEA, FBI, and IRS). Europol supported the takedown with specialist operational analysis and coordinated the cross-border collaborative effort of the countries ...

  • New Zealand Reserve Bank breached using bug patched on Xmas Eve

    January 12, 2021

    A recent data breach at the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, known as Te Pūtea Matua, was caused by attackers exploiting a critical vulnerability patched the same day. Over the weekend, the Reserve Bank disclosed that they suffered a data breach after an attacker hacked a third-party file sharing service containing sensitive data. In a new advisory ...