- Hackers are using this new attack method to target power companies
July 10, 2017
Phishing emails, used to steal credentials from critical infrastructure firms, can silently harvest data without even using macros, researchers have warned.
Hackers are targeting energy companies, including those working in nuclear power and other critical infrastructures providers, with a technique that puts a new spin on a tried-and-tested form of cyberattack.
Phishing has long been a successful ...
- Petya cyber attack: Ransomware spreads across Europe with firms in Ukraine, Britain and Spain shut down
June 27, 2017
Major firms, airports and government departments in Ukraine have been struck by a massive cyber attack which began to spread across Europe on Tuesday afternoon.
In Ukraine, government departments, the central bank, a state-run aircraft manufacturer, the airport in Kiev and the metro network have all been paralysed by the hack.
In the UK, the advertising firm WPP said ...
- Cyber security ‘as important as physical security’
June 23, 2017
A key figure in American business has urged all companies to take the cyber security threat more seriously after chastising his own accountant for paying a ransomware demand.
Jorge Fernandez, VP global commerce for the Metro Atlanta Chamber, said it is time that firms took the same care in cyberspace as they do when installing physical ...
- WAPA And Energy Industry Partners Continue Dialogue On Threats Of Cyber Attacks On Electrical Systems
June 2, 2017
Personnel from the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority were among the participants in a continued discussion on Friday about the risks of cyberattacks on electric generating and distribution systems, WAPA has made known.
The Cyber-Physical Modeling and Simulation for Situational Awareness (CYMSA) project is a three-year-old initiative, funded through the Department of Energy’s Office of ...
- Cyber security audits on power transmission communication systems from July
May 18, 2017
New Delhi: The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has said it is mandatory for Regional Power Committees to conduct third party cyber security audits on communication systems of electricity transmission towers from July
It said the third party audit can be conducted only by CERT-In (India Computer Emergency Response Team).
The commission has come out with directives ...
- Shadow Brokers teases more Windows exploits and cyberespionage data
May 16, 2017
A group of hackers that previously leaked alleged U.S. National Security Agency exploits claims to have even more attack tools in its possession and plans to release them in a new subscription-based service.
The group also has intelligence gathered by the NSA on foreign banks and ballistic missile programs, it said.
The Shadow Brokers was responsible for leaking ...
- Japan and China wake up to global ‘ransomware’ cyberattack while Microsoft slams US government
May 15, 2017
Japan and China have fallen victim of a global “ransomware” cyberattack that has created chaos in 150 countries as Microsoft pinned blame on the US government for not disclosing more software vulnerabilities.
The initial attack, known as “WannaCry,” paralyzed more than 200,000 computers, including those which that run Britain’s hospital network, Germany’s national railway and other companies and government agencies ...
- Europol News Article on Wannacry Ransomware: recent cyber-attack
May 13, 2017
The European Cybercrime Centre, EC3, at Europol is working closely with affected countries cybercrime units and key industry partners to mitigate the threat and assist victims. The recent attack is at an unprecedented level and will require a complex international investigation to identify the culprits. The Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (JCAT), at EC3 is a ...
- UK hospital meltdown after ransomware worm uses NSA vulnerability to raid IT
May 12, 2017
UK hospitals have effectively shut down and are turning away non-emergency patients after ransomware ransacked its networks.
Some 16 NHS organizations across Blighty – including several hospital trusts such as NHS Mid-Essex CCG and East and North Hertfordshire – have had their files scrambled by a variant of the WannaCrypt, aka WanaCrypt aka Wcry, nasty. Users ...
- UK businesses concerned about cyber-risks linked to smart energy tech
May 8, 2017
The latest PwC B2B Energy Survey found that 65 percent of UK businesses are significantly concerned about the issue of cyber-risks and over half (51 percent) are worried that their client data isn’t handled with enough security by their energy supplier.
The research included responses from more than 500 UK businesses.
If their energy supplier fell victim ...
- Airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert as government officials warn of ‘credible’ cyber threat
April 2, 2017
Britain’s airports and nuclear power stations have been told to tighten their defences against terrorist attacks in the face of increased threats to electronic security systems.
Security services have issued a series of alerts in the past 24 hours, warning that terrorists may have developed ways of bypassing safety checks.
Intelligence agencies believe that Islamic State of ...
- Indian Startup Develops a Next-Gen Cybersecurity Solution on the Blockchain
March 26, 2017
A new innovative prototype startup powered by blockchain technology for cybersecurity has recently launched in India aimed at curbing the global phenomenon of cybercrime.
Mumbai-based Block Armour was thought up by Narayan Neelakantan, former CISO and Head of IT Risk and Compliance with India’s National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Floyd DCosta, who has a background in ...
- US Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity Milestone
March 25, 2017
Last week the Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the successful completion of the 100th iteration of the Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity training on defending systems used across the critical infrastructure sectors. Since April 2007, over 4,000 cybersecurity professionals have participated in the advanced course. These professionals represent all ...
- Germany’s Merkel warns against cyber attacks on infrastructure
March 14, 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday protecting infrastructure from potential cyber attacks was a top priority and the federal government had to work together with localities on that.
“Today we have a huge amount of possibilities to paralyze infrastructure from cyber attacks and it is… very very difficult. There are examples from Ukraine that are ...
- Security & Counter Terror Expo 2017: an international platform for global security
March 9, 2017
UK’s leading national security event returns to London in May with a programme created to help those tasked with keeping nations, assets and businesses safe
Terrorism has become part of every day life. Over the past 12 months, Europe has experienced some the deadliest attacks in its history and the threat level remains high worldwide.
One of ...
- Europe Tackles Cybersecurity
March 3, 2017
Several European countries have moved to adopt distinct cybersecurity measures as a result of the increased interconnectivity within Europe’s energy system along with a changing paradigm that includes decentralized power sources, the integration of electric vehicles, new digital infrastructure, and connected operational technology.
According to a 2016 survey by the European Commission, at least 80% of ...
- New Data: High Cyber Security Maturity in IT, Telco, Finance, but Health Care and Energy Lag Behind
March 2, 2017
Australia’s first cyber security collaboration platform – Security Colony (securitycolony.com) – today released its “Vendor Risk Assessment” tool, enabling any organisation to risk assess their internet facing sites, and receive a profile reflecting their cyber security maturity.
To demonstrate the system, scores were calculated for each of the ASX 100 companies. Analysed by industry, the average ...
- Fighting cyber crimes in offshore oil and gas industry
March 1, 2017
Cyber crime costs offshore oil and gas companies millions each year in lost business and damaged equipment, a cyber attack on critical infrastructure, such as an oil rig, can result in more than just lost revenue but it can be catastrophic for the environment and have far reaching impacts.
However, cyber security on actual installations is ...
- Government Needs To Take Immediate Actions To Strengthen US Cybersecurity, GAO Says
February 14, 2017
Testifying before the House Subcommittee on Research and Technology, Committee on Science, Space and Technology today, Gregory C. Wilshusen, Director, Government Accountability Office (GAO) Information Security Issues, warned GAO “has consistently identified shortcomings in the federal government’s approach to ensuring the security of federal information systems and cyber critical infrastructure, as well as its approach to protecting ...
- France thwarts 24,000 cyber-attacks against defence targets
January 7, 2017
Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said such attacks were doubling every year and this year’s presidential elections could be targeted.
He said it would be “naive” to think France was immune to the type of cyber-campaign that targeted the US election, which has been blamed on Russia.
Mr Le Drian is overseeing an overhaul of France’s cyber-security ...
- National Guard expects expanded role in cybersecurity
January 6, 2017
The National Guard’s role in cybersecurity began in 1999 thanks to the uncertainty created by Y2K.
With concerns of potential computer chaos looming when dates on systems turned over to 2000, the National Guard was given a new force structure called a computer network defense team. Renamed Defensive Cyber Operations Elements, the eight-to 10-person teams are ...
- U.S. Grid in ‘Imminent Danger’ From Cyber-Attack, Study Says
January 6, 2017
The U.S. Energy Department says the electricity system “faces imminent danger” from cyber-attacks, which are growing more frequent and sophisticated, but grid operators say they are already on top of the problem.
In the department’s landmark Quadrennial Energy Review, it warned that a widespread power outage caused by a cyber-attack could undermine “critical defense infrastructure” as ...
- KillDisk System Destructive Malware Now Targeting Linux
January 6, 2017
KillDisk is one of the pieces of malware that made the news several times in 2016, mostly because it was used for compromising several high-profile targets, including utility companies in Ukraine.
KillDisk has been considered responsible for a nationwide power outage in Ukraine, after a number of computers were compromised with malware and could no longer ...