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

  • Hacking Operational Technology for Defense: Lessons Learned From OT Red Teaming Smart Meter Control Infrastructure

    April 13, 2021

    High-profile security incidents in the past decade have brought increased scrutiny to cyber security for operational technology (OT). However, there is a continued perception across critical infrastructure organizations that OT networks are isolated from public networks—such as the Internet. In Mandiant’s experience, the concept of an ‘air gap’ separating OT assets from external networks rarely ...

  • CISA gives federal agencies until Friday to patch Exchange servers

    April 13, 2021

    The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has ordered federal agencies to install newly released Microsoft Exchange security updates by Friday. Today, Microsoft released security updates for four Microsoft Exchange vulnerabilities discovered by the NSA. These Exchange vulnerabilities are capable of remote code execution, with two vulnerabilities not requiring attackers to authenticate first. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer Related story: ...

  • NATO prepares for world’s largest cyber war game

    April 13, 2021

    Military cyber security specialists are preparing for the largest cyber war game in the world, which kicks off tomorrow as the fictional NATO member state of Berylia comes under attack. The real-time NATO exercise will include defenders practising the protection of critical civilian and military infrastructure, including water treatment facilities and energy plants. Amid the increasing risk ...

  • NSA discovers critical Exchange Server vulnerabilities, patch now

    April 13, 2021

    Microsoft today has released security updates for Exchange Server that address a set of four vulnerabilities with severity scores ranging from high to critical. All the flaws lead to remote code execution on a vulnerable machine and were discovered and reported to Microsoft by the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA). Microsoft also found some of them ...

  • FBI nuked web shells from hacked Exchange Servers without telling owners

    April 13, 2021

    A court-approved FBI operation was conducted to remove web shells from compromised US-based Microsoft Exchange servers without first notifying the servers’ owners. On March 2nd, Microsoft released a series of Microsoft Exchange security updates for vulnerabilities actively exploited by a hacking group known as HAFNIUM. These vulnerabilities are collectively known as ProxyLogon and were used by threat ...

  • Man Arrested for AWS Bomb Plot

    April 12, 2021

    A Texas man has been charged with plotting a bombing of Amazon Web Services in a quest to allegedly “kill off the internet.” Seth Aaron Pendley was arrested in Ft. Worth after allegedly attempting to get an explosive device from an undercover FBI employee in a sting. The feds were alerted to Pendley after a concerned ...

  • Dutch supermarkets run out of cheese after ransomware attack

    April 12, 2021

    A ransomware attack against conditioned warehousing and transportation provider Bakker Logistiek has caused a cheese shortage in Dutch supermarkets. Bakker Logistiek is one of the largest logistics services providers in the Netherlands, offering air-conditioned warehousing and food transportation for Dutch supermarkets. Last week, Bakker Logistiek suffered a ransomware attack that encrypted devices on their network and disrupted ...

  • New survey report released: The state of industrial cybersecurity (Part 3)

    April 12, 2021

    This is the final installation of our three-part blog series, explaining the state of industrial cybersecurity based on the result of survey Trend Micro conducted in the US, Germany and Japan in November 2021. Part 1: Converging IT and OT with people, process and technology Part 2: Most factories have already implemented technical measures but are still ...

  • Iran calls blackout at Natanz atomic site ‘nuclear terrorism’

    April 11, 2021

    Iran condemned a blackout at its underground Natanz nuclear facility early on Sunday as an act of “nuclear terrorism” and said Tehran reserves the right to respond, but did not specify who was responsible and how Iran may react. “The act against the Natanz nuclear enrichment centre shows the defeat of the opponents of the country’s ...

  • Indian defense chief admits China’s cyber-weapons would ‘disrupt large number of systems’ whenever Beijing presses the button

    April 9, 2021

    The highest-ranked officer in India’s armed forces has admitted that China has cyber-war capabilities that can overwhelm his nation’s defenses and suggested that only cross-forces collaboration will get India to parity with its giant neighbor. General Bipin Rawat, a four-star general and since 2020 the first to hold a new role of chief of defense staff, ...

  • US adds seven Chinese supercomputing organisations onto Entity List

    April 9, 2021

    In another move aimed at restricting the development of Chinese technology, the US Commerce Department has added seven Chinese supercomputing entities to its Entity List for allegedly supporting China’s military efforts. The newly added entities that are companies include the Shanghai High-Performance Integrated Circuit Design Center, Sunway Microelectronics, Tianjin Phytium Information Technology. The remaining organisations are ...

  • Vyveva: Lazarus hacking group’s latest weapon strikes South African freight

    April 8, 2021

    Researchers have discovered a new backdoor employed by the Lazarus hacking group in targeted attacks against the freight industry. On Thursday, ESET said the new backdoor malware, dubbed Vyveva, was traced in an attack against a South African freight and logistics firm. While the initial attack vector for deploying the malware is not yet known, examining machines ...

  • Crossing the Line: When Cyberattacks Become Acts of War

    April 7, 2021

    The Cold War concept isn’t outdated. In the decades since the fall of the Soviet Union, the battleground has simply shifted from conflicts between ideological proxy governments to cyberspace. And the opponents have grown from a few primary nations into a broad range of sovereign threat actors. The question is, when does a cyberattack cross the ...

  • Man jailed for trying to buy chemical weapon online able to kill ‘hundreds’ of people

    April 7, 2021

    A man has been jailed for trying to buy a chemical weapon online capable of killing “hundreds” of people. On Tuesday, the US Department of Justice (DoJ) announced that Jason William Siesser, a resident of Missouri, will spend 12 years behind bars in federal prison without the possibility of parole. The 46-year-old tried to buy two and ...