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

  • Ryuk ransomware hits 700 Spanish government labor agency offices

    March 10, 2021

    The systems of SEPE, the Spanish government agency for labor, were taken down following a ransomware attack that hit more than 700 agency offices across Spain. “Currently, work is being done with the objective of restoring priority services as soon as possible, among which is the portal of the State Public Employment Service and then gradually ...

  • Russia: Majority of governmental agencies’ websites go live after failure

    March 10, 2021

    Websites of the majority of Russian government authorities have recovered after the failure occurred on Wednesday. Websites of the Kremlin, the government, Russian media watchdog, Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ministry of Economic Development, Security Council and Russian Investigative Committee resumed operations. Furthermore, the State Duma and the Ministry of the Interior websites restarted operations earlier. It was ...

  • Europol: New Major Interventions To Block Encrypted Communications Of Criminal Networks

    March 10, 2021

    Judicial and law enforcement authorities in Belgium, France and the Netherlands have in close cooperation enabled major interventions to block the further use of encrypted communications by large-scale organised crime groups (OCGs), with the support of Europol and Eurojust. The continuous monitoring of the criminal use of the Sky ECC communication service tool by investigators ...

  • WaterISAC: 15 Security Fundamentals You Need to Know

    March 10, 2021

    Attacks such as the one at Oldsmar highlight the need for water facilities to continue honing their ability to defend themselves against digital attacks. Towards that aim, they can use WaterISAC’s guidelines for water and wastewater utilities. The security fundamentals covered in those guidelines include the following: Asset Inventory Database You can’t protect what you don’t know you ...

  • Hackers access surveillance cameras at Tesla, Cloudflare, banks, more

    March 9, 2021

    Hackers gained access to live surveillance cameras installed at Tesla, Equinox, healthcare clinics, jails, and banks, including the Bank of Utah. In addition to images captured from the cameras, the hacker also shared screenshots of their ability to gain root shell access to the surveillance systems used by Cloudflare and at Telsa HQ. Hacks multiple cameras in ...

  • Intel joins DARPA in search of encryption ‘holy grail’

    March 9, 2021

    Intel has signed an agreement with Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to take part in its Data Protection in Virtual Environments (DPRIVE) program, which is aiming to develop an accelerator for fully homomorphic encryption (FHE). “Fully homomorphic encryption remains the holy grail in the quest to keep data secure while in use,” Intel Labs principal ...

  • Cracking of encrypted messaging service dealt major blow to organised crime

    March 9, 2021

    The cracking of a previously-unbreakable encrypted messaging service popular with criminals involved in drug trafficking and organised crime delivered a major victory for the justice system on Tuesday. The cracking of the expensive messaging app, called “Sky ECC,” was what allowed over 1,500 police officers across Belgium to be simultaneously deployed in at least 200 raids, ...

  • European Banking Authority discloses Exchange server hack

    March 8, 2021

    The European Banking Authority (EBA) took down all email systems after their Microsoft Exchange Servers were hacked as part of the ongoing attacks targeting organizations worldwide. EBA is part of the European System of Financial Supervision and it oversees the integrity orderly functioning of the EU banking sector. “The Agency has swiftly launched a full investigation, in ...

  • Airlines warn passengers of data breach after aviation tech supplier is hit by cyberattack

    March 8, 2021

    Global aviation industry IT supplier SITA has confirmed it has fallen victim to a cyberattack, with hackers gaining access to personal information of airline passengers. The information technology and communications company, which claims to serve around 90% of the world’s airlines, said that a cyberattack on February 24, 2021 led to “data security incident” involving passenger ...

  • GAO report finds DOD’s weapons programs lack clear cybersecurity guidelines

    March 4, 2021

    In a new report released Thursday, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) said the Department of Defense fails to communicate clear cybersecurity guidelines to contractors tasked with building systems for its weapons programs. As part of its so called congressional watchdog duties, the GAO found that Defense Department weapons programs are failing to consistently incorporate cybersecurity ...