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

  • Microsoft finds memory allocation holes in range of IoT and industrial technology

    April 30, 2021

    The security research group for Azure Defender for IoT, dubbed Section 52, has found a batch of bad memory allocation operations in code used in Internet of Things and operational technology (OT) such as industrial control systems that could lead to malicious code execution. Given the trendy vulnerability name of BadAlloc, the vulnerabilities are related to ...

  • DC Police confirms cyberattack after ransomware gang leaks data

    April 26, 2021

    The Metropolitan Police Department has confirmed that they suffered a cyberattack after the Babuk ransomware gang leaked screenshots of stolen data. The Metropolitan Police Department, also known as the DC Police or MPD, is the primary law enforcement agency for Washington, DC, the US capital. In a statement to BleepingComputer, the DC Police stated that they are ...

  • Ransomware’s perfect target: Why shipping and logistics industry needs to improve cybersecurity, before it’s too late

    April 23, 2021

    Ransomware attacks against the shipping and logistics industry have tripled in the past year, as cyber criminals target the global supply chain in an effort to make money from ransom payments. Analysis by cybersecurity company BlueVoyant found that ransomware attacks are increasingly targeting shipping and logistics firms at a time when the global COVID-19 pandemic means ...

  • Passwordstate password manager hacked in supply chain attack

    April 23, 2021

    Click Studios, the company behind the Passwordstate enterprise password manager, notified customers that attackers compromised the app’s update mechanism to deliver malware in a supply-chain attack after breaching its networks. Passwordstate is an on-premises password management solution used by over 370,000 security and IT professionals at 29,000 companies worldwide, as the company claims. Its customer list includes ...

  • Ransomware is growing at an alarming rate, warns GCHQ chief

    April 23, 2021

    The scale and severity of ransomware is growing at an alarming rate as cyber criminals look to exploit poor cybersecurity to maximise profit, the director of GCHQ has warned. Organisations and their employees have been forced to adapt to different ways of working over the last year, with many now even more reliant on remote services ...

  • New US Justice Department team aims to disrupt ransomware operations

    April 22, 2021

    The US Department of Justice (DoJ) is forming a new task force to deal with the “root causes” of ransomware. In an internal memo, the DoJ outlines the creation of a new initiative that will bring together current efforts in federal government to “pursue and disrupt” ransomware operations. As noted by CNN, this could include the takedown ...

  • White House: Here’s what we’ve learned from tackling the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange Server cyber incidents

    April 21, 2021

    Lessons learned from responses to the SolarWinds and Microsoft Exchange cyber incidents will be used to coordinate action against future cybersecurity and hacking incidents, the White House has said. Both incidents required the United States to react to cyberattacks by nation-state hacking operations affecting thousands of organisations across the country – Russian intelligence compromised SolarWinds in ...

  • Pulse Secure VPN zero-day used to hack defense firms, govt orgs

    April 20, 2021

    Pulse Secure has shared mitigation measures for a zero-day authentication bypass vulnerability in the Pulse Connect Secure (PCS) SSL VPN appliance actively exploited in attacks against worldwide organizations and focused on US Defense Industrial base (DIB) networks. To mitigate the vulnerability tracked as CVE-2021-22893 (with a maximum 10/10 severity score), Pulse Secure advises customers with gateways ...

  • Just What The Cyber Doctors Ordered – OT For Pharmaceutical Companies

    April 20, 2021

    Several digital attacks against pharmaceutical companies have made news in the past few years. Back in 2017, for instance, Merck fell victim to NotPetya. The wiper malware spread to the pharmaceutical giant’s headquarters, rendered years of research inaccessible, affected various production facilities and caused $1.3 billion in damages, according to Bloomberg News. A couple of ...

  • Government intervenes in sale of UK chip designer Arm over national security implications

    April 19, 2021

    A “high-level manager” of the FIN7 hacking group has been sentenced to ten years in prison. The planned $40bn (£29bn) sale of UK-based chip designer Arm Holdings will be scrutinised by regulators over potential national security concerns after an intervention by the government. Digital secretary Oliver Dowden has stepped in after current owner, Japanese conglomerate Softbank, agreed ...

  • The Security dilemma of smart factories [Part 3] Fundamental security risks in robot languages

    April 19, 2021

    Industrial robots are the core of the automation of manufacturing processes in smart factories, and are the most important components as they support the manufacture of all kinds of products such as automobiles, aircraft, processed foods, and pharmaceuticals. In addition, as equipment that realizes unmanned manufacturing in the post-COVID-19 world where minimal or no contact ...

  • NSA: 5 Security Bugs Under Active Nation-State Cyberattack

    April 16, 2021

    The Feds are warning that nation-state actors are once again after U.S. assets, this time in a spate of cyberattacks that exploit five vulnerabilities that affect VPN solutions, collaboration-suite software and virtualization technologies. According to the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), which issued an alert Thursday, the advanced persistent threat (APT) group known as APT29 (a.k.a. ...

  • White House launches plan to protect US critical infrastructure against cyber attacks

    April 15, 2021

    The White House is reportedly moving swiftly forward with a plan to harden the security of the US power grid against hacking attacks. According to Bloomberg, the Biden administration has a plan to dramatically improve how power utilities defend themselves against attacks from countries considered to be adversaries in cyberspace – such as Russia, Iran, North ...

  • It was Russia wot did it: SolarWinds hack was done by Kremlin’s APT29 crew, say UK and US

    April 15, 2021

    Russia’s infamous APT 29, aka Cozy Bear, was behind the SolarWinds Orion attack, the US and UK governments said today as America slapped sanctions on Russian infosec companies as well as expelling diplomats from that country’s US embassy. One of the sanctioned companies is Positive Technologies, familiar in the West for, among other things, in-depth research ...