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

  • CISA, FBI, and NSA Release Conti Ransomware Advisory To Help Organizations Reduce Risk Of Attack

    September 22, 2021

    WASHINGTON – The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and National Security Agency (NSA) published a cybersecurity advisory today regarding increased Conti ransomware cyberattacks. The advisory includes technical details on the threat and mitigation steps that public and private sector organizations can take to reduce their risk to this ransomware. CISA ...

  • CISA: Sharing Information To Get Ahead Of Supply Chain Risks

    September 21, 2021

    The increase in digitization and use of information and communications technology (ICT) has improved ability of many companies to provide National Critical Functions. ICT enables access to real-time information, remote entry to networks, instant communication, and so much more. At the same time, nation-states seeking to cause harm to the United States (i.e., espionage or ...

  • Ransomware encrypts South Africa’s entire Dept of Justice network

    September 15, 2021

    The justice ministry of the South African government is working on restoring its operations after a recent ransomware attack encrypted all its systems, making all electronic services unavailable both internally and to the public. As a consequence of the attack, the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development said that child maintenance payments are now on hold ...

  • Attackers Impersonate DoT in Two-Day Phishing Scam

    September 15, 2021

    Threat actors impersonated the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) in a two-day phishing campaign that used a combination of tactics – including creating new domains that mimic federal sites so as to appear to be legitimate – to evade security detections. Between Aug. 16-18, researchers at e-mail security provider INKY detected 41 phishing emails dangling the ...

  • The state of ransomware: national emergencies and million-dollar blackmail

    September 14, 2021

    Banks have been “disproportionately affected” by a surge in ransomware attacks, clocking a 1,318% increase year-on-year in 2021. Ransomware has become one of the most well-known and prevalent threats against the enterprise today. This year alone, we have seen high-profile cases of ransomware infection — including against Colonial Pipeline, Kaseya, and Ireland’s health service — cause ...

  • Russia’s Yandex suffers biggest cyberattack yet

    September 8, 2021

    Russian Internet corporation Yandex revealed on Tuesday that the company’s servers experienced the biggest known denial-of-service (DDoS) attack in Russia’s online space last weekend. Cloudflare, an American web infrastructure firm and a partner of Yandex confirmed the record large scale of the cyberattack. The spokesperson for Russia’s tech giant mentioned that a part of the nation’s ...

  • In space, no one can hear cyber security professionals scream

    September 2, 2021

    “Space is an invaluable domain, but it is also increasingly crowded and particularly susceptible to a range of cyber vulnerabilities and threats.” That’s not an overblown sci-fi movie strapline, but rather the chilling words of Gina Galasso, managing director of The Aerospace Corporation UK, a member of the international collaborative organisation, Space ISAC (the Space Information ...

  • Indonesia: 1.3 million people had their sensitive personal data, COVID-19 test results and more exposed on an open server.

    August 30, 2021

    Researchers with vpnMentor have uncovered a data breach involving the COVID-19 test and trace app created by the Indonesian government for those traveling into the country. The ‘test and trace app’ — named electronic Health Alert Card or eHAC — was created in 2021 by the Indonesian Ministry of Health but the vpnMentor team, lead by ...

  • Biden to host summit with tech moguls on combating cyberattacks

    August 25, 2021

    United States President Joe Biden is set to host leaders from the country’s largest technology and finance firms at the White House on Wednesday to discuss how to shore up their cybersecurity defences in the face of increasingly complex attacks. The meeting with top executives comes as Congress considers legislation regarding data-breach notification laws and cybersecurity ...

  • Pakistan: Neglect caused Federal Board of Revenue cyber-attack

    August 22, 2021

    Despite knowing that its information technology equipment is obsolete and some of its software is outdated, the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) did not make any serious effort to upgrade them, which resulted into hacking of the data centres. The systems were not improved even though the World Bank approved an $80 million loan two years ...

  • The Next Disruptive ICS Attacker: An Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)?

    August 18, 2021

    No discussion on ICS attacks could be complete without talking about what some would call, ‘the elephant in the room.’ Critical infrastructure has always been a target for warfare, and modern ICS are no exception. Several high-profile ICS disruptions have in fact been attributed to malicious hackers working at the behest of a military or intelligence ...

  • US Census Bureau hacked in January 2020 using Citrix exploit

    August 18, 2021

    US Census Bureau servers were breached on January 11, 2020, by hackers who exploited a Citrix ADC zero-day vulnerability as the US Office of Inspector General (OIG) disclosed in a recent report. “The purpose of these servers was to provide the Bureau with remote-access capabilities for its enterprise staff to access the production, development, and lab ...

  • CISA Alert: BadAlloc Vulnerability Affecting BlackBerry QNX RTOS

    August 17, 2021

    On August 17, 2021, BlackBerry publicly disclosed that its QNX Real Time Operating System (RTOS) is affected by a BadAlloc vulnerability—CVE-2021-22156. BadAlloc is a collection of vulnerabilities affecting multiple RTOSs and supporting libraries. BlackBerry QNX RTOS is ...

  • Govt hackers impersonate HR employees to hit Israeli targets

    August 17, 2021

    Hackers associated with the Iranian government have focused attack efforts on IT and communication companies in Israel, likely in an attempt to pivot to their real targets. The campaigns have been attributed to the Iranian APT group known as Lyceum, Hexane, and Siamesekitten, running espionage campaigns since at least 2018. In multiple attacks detected in May and ...