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

  • WhatsApp chief claims government officials among 1,400 WhatsApp users targeted in 2019 attack

    July 24, 2021

    Senior government officials around the world – including individuals in high national security positions who are “allies of the US” – were targeted by governments with NSO Group spyware in a 2019 attack against 1,400 WhatsApp users, according to the messaging app’s chief executive. Will Cathcart disclosed the new details about individuals who were targeted in ...

  • Major websites hit by global outage

    July 22, 2021

    Visitors attempting to reach some sites received DNS errors, meaning their requests could not reach the websites. Affected services included Airbnb, UPS, HSBC bank, British Airways and the PlayStation network used for online games. One popular DNS provider, Akamai, reported “an emerging issue” with its Edge DNS service. Read more… Source: BBC News  

  • Industrial Networks Exposed Through Cloud-Based Operational Tech

    July 22, 2021

    The benefits of using a cloud-based management platform to monitor and configure industrial control systems (ICS) devices are obvious — efficiency, cost-savings and better diagnostics just for starters. But new research found critical vulnerabilities in these platforms that could be used to paralyze operations if left unmitigated. An analysis by Claroty’s newly branded Team82 research team ...

  • Attacks on critical infrastructure are dangerous. Soon they could turn deadly, warn analysts

    July 22, 2021

    Tech analyst firm Gartner reckons that hackers will have turned computer systems into weapons to the point that they could injure or kill humans by 2025, and that beyond the human tragedy it will cost businesses $50 billion to remediate across IT systems, litigation and compensation. Past malware attacks, such as Stuxnet, which is believed to ...

  • StrongPity APT Group Deploys Android Malware for the First Time

    July 21, 2021

    We recently conducted an investigation into a malicious Android malware sample, which we believe can be attributed to the StrongPity APT group, that was posted on the Syrian e-Gov website. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first time that the group has been publicly observed using malicious Android applications as part of ...

  • DHS Announces New Cybersecurity Requirements for Critical Pipeline Owners and Operators

    July 20, 2021

    WASHINGTON – Today, in response to the ongoing cybersecurity threat to pipeline systems, DHS’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the issuance of a second Security Directive that requires owners and operators of TSA-designated critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and natural gas to implement a number of urgently needed protections against cyber intrusions. “The lives and ...

  • Safeguarding Critical Infrastructure Against Threats From The People’s Republic Of China

    July 19, 2021

    As today’s announcement from the White House indicates, the cyber threat from the People’s Republic of China (PRC) continues to evolve and poses a real risk to the nation’s critical infrastructure, as well as businesses and organization of all sizes at home and around the world. CISA regularly shares actionable information to help security professionals ...

  • Saudi Aramco data breach sees 1 TB stolen data for sale

    July 19, 2021

    Attackers have stolen 1 TB of proprietary data belonging to Saudi Aramco and are offering it for sale on the darknet. The Saudi Arabian Oil Company, better known as Saudi Aramco, is one of the largest public petroleum and natural gas companies in the world. The oil giant employs over 66,000 employees and brings in almost $230 ...

  • CISA: Chinese State-Sponsored Cyber Operations – Observed TTPs

    July 19, 2021

    The National Security Agency, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) assess that People’s Republic of China state-sponsored malicious cyber activity is a major threat to U.S. and Allied cyberspace assets. Chinese state-sponsored cyber actors aggressively target U.S. and allied political, economic, military, educational, and critical infrastructure (CI) personnel and ...

  • UK and White House blame China for Microsoft Exchange Server hack

    July 19, 2021

    The UK government has formally laid the blame for the Microsoft Exchange Server cyberattack at the feet of China. On Monday, the government joined others — including the victim company itself, Microsoft — in claiming the cyberattack was the work of Chinese state-sponsored hackers, namely Hafnium, an advanced persistent threat (APT) group. The United States, NATO, and ...

  • Ecuador’s state-run CNT telco hit by RansomEXX ransomware

    July 17, 2021

    Ecuador’s state-run Corporación Nacional de Telecomunicación (CNT) has suffered a ransomware attack that has disrupted business operations, the payment portal, and customer support. CNT is Ecuador’s state-run telecommunication carrier that offers fixed-line phone service, mobile, satellite TV, and internet connectivity. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • Toddler mobile banking malware surges across Europe

    July 16, 2021

    Researchers have provided a deep dive into Toddler, a new Android banking Trojan that is surging across Europe. In a report shared with ZDNet, the PRODAFT Threat Intelligence (PTI) team said that the malware, also known as TeaBot/Anatsa, is part of a rising trend of mobile banking malware attacking countries, including Spain, Germany, Switzerland, and the ...

  • DDoS attack registered on Russian Defense Ministry website

    July 16, 2021

    The official website of the Russian Defense Ministry is down due to a DDoS attack, a source in the law enforcement informed TASS on Friday. “Specialists from the defense ministry are repelling a DDoS attack on the official website of the Defense Ministry,” the source said. Read more… Source: TASS  

  • Cyberattack on Moldova’s Court of Accounts destroyed public audits

    July 16, 2021

    Moldova’s “Court of Accounts” has suffered a cyberattack leading to the agency’s public databases and audits being destroyed. Court of Accounts of Moldova is a government authority that performs audits of public financial resources and government agencies to comply with international standards. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer