- Senior Defence figure raises concerns about future cyber attacks
February 19, 2019
One of Australia’s senior military figures says the threat of cyber attacks against the nation’s infrastructure and military networks is on the rise.
Major General Marcus Thompson leads the Information Warfare Division, which was set up in mid-2017 with the aim of providing both defensive and offensive cyber capabilities.
In his first media major interview, he told ...
- Germany sees big rise in security problems affecting infrastructure
February 17, 2019
Germany has experienced a big increase in the number of security incidents hitting critical infrastructure such as power grids and water suppliers, the BSI cybersecurity agency said on Sunday, adding however that they were not all due to hacking.
The Welt am Sonntag weekly had reported on Sunday that Germany had learned of 157 hacker attacks ...
- Poking the Bear: Three-Year Campaign Targets Russian Critical Infrastructure
December 11, 2018
Nation-state conflict has come to dominate many of the policy discussions and much of the strategic thinking about cybersecurity. When events of geopolitical significance hit the papers, researchers look for parallel signs of sub rosa cyber activity carried out by state-sponsored threat actors—espionage, sabotage, coercion, information operations—to complete the picture. After all, behind every story may lurk ...
- Mattis establishes DOD task force to protect critical tech, information
November 1, 2018
Secretary of Defense James Mattis has established a task force whose sole purpose is to better secure the Department of Defense’s important technology and information.
Mattis issued a memo dated Oct. 24 creating the Protecting Critical Technology Task Force (PCTTF) to report to the deputy secretary of Defense and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
“Working with our partners ...
- Utilities, Energy Sector Attacked Mainly Via IT, Not ICS
November 1, 2018
Stealing administrative credentials to carry out months-long spy campaigns is a top threat.
While industrial control systems (ICS) are the most talked-about when it comes to cyberattacks against energy and utilities firms, most attacks actually take aim at the enterprise IT networks used by these organizations, rather than critical infrastructure itself.
The Vectra 2018 Spotlight Report on Energy and ...
- New Stuxnet Variant Allegedly Struck Iran
October 31, 2018
A malware similar in nature to Stuxnet but more aggressive and sophisticated allegedly hit the infrastructure and strategic networks in Iran.
Details about the supposed new attack are superficial at the moment, as there are no details about the supposed attack, the damage it caused or its targets.
A report on Wednesday from Israeli evening news bulletin ...
- Critical Infrastructure & Supply Chain Remain Highly Vulnerable to Attacks
October 24, 2018
This week, the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) reminds us that, “our day-to-day life depends on the country’s 16 sectors of critical infrastructure, which supply food, water, financial services, public health, communications and power along with other networks and systems. A disruption to this system, which is operated via the internet, can have significant and even catastrophic ...
- In County Crippled by Hurricane, Water Utility Targeted in Ransomware Attack
October 15, 2018
The Emotet Trojan is behind a crippling ransomware attack that hit the Onslow Water and Sewer Authority.
A “critical water utility” has been targeted in a recent ransomware attack, significantly impeding its ability to provide service in the week after Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast of the U.S.
The Onslow Water and Sewer Authority (ONWASA) said ...
- Critical infrastructure will have to operate if there’s malware on it or not
September 16, 2018
As threats and cyber-attacks on critical infrastructure are expected to intensify in the near future, cyber-security experts believe that companies and government agencies should be prepared to operate networks even if there’s malware or a threat actor on the network or not.
The idea is that cyber-attacks should not cause downtime of any form, and networks should be designed in a way ...
- OilRig APT Continues Its Ongoing Malware Evolution
September 13, 2018
The Iran-linked APT appears to be in a state of continuous tool development, analogous to the DevOps efforts seen in the legitimate software world.
OilRig, an APT group believed to have ties to Iran, has been spotted in yet another campaign in the Middle East – this time targeting victims within an undisclosed government using an ...
- Russian domestic security service launch new dedicated center to counter cyberattacks
September 11, 2018
Russia’s Federal Security Service, the FSB, now has a separate coordination center created in order to prevent, detect and counter cyberattacks on critical infrastructure facilities as well as repair damage from such attacks.
The new agency is officially titled ‘National Coordination Center for Computer Incidents’ and it will be headed by Andrey Ivashko who is also ...
- A critical security flaw in popular industrial software put power plants at risk
May 2, 2018
A severe vulnerability in a widely used industrial control software could have been used to disrupt and shut down power plants and other critical infrastructure.
Researchers at security firm Tenable found the flaw in the popular Schneider Electric software, used across the manufacturing and power industries, which if exploited could have allowed a skilled attacker to ...
- A Lack Of Cybersecurity Funding And Expertise Threatens U.S. Infrastructure
April 23, 2018
As our physical infrastructure becomes increasingly digitalized, it also becomes increasingly vulnerable to cyber attack. Russian hackers, for example, have been trying to compromise U.S. electrical infrastructure for years, and successfully cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people throughout Ukraine in 2015 and again in 2016. Beyond our energy infrastructure, traffic signals are also susceptible to being hijacked, ...
- 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 ...