Defence and Aerospace


  • 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 ...

  • 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    The Cold War concept isn’t outdated.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 ...

  • USB threats to ICS systems have nearly doubled

    April 1, 2021

    The latest Honeywell USB Threat Report 2020 indicates that the number of threats specifically targeting Operational Technology systems has nearly doubled from 16% to 28%, while the number of threats capable of disrupting those systems rose from 26% to 59% over the same period. Let’s face it. Critical infrastructure operators in manufacturing, aerospace, energy, shipping, chemical, ...

  • China takes aim at ‘spying’ Tesla cars, bans military staff use

    March 22, 2021

    Elon Musk has said Tesla would be “shut down” if accusations that the firm’s cars could be used for spying purposes were true. Last week, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Chinese government has restricted the use of Tesla vehicles in military and key, state-owned company settings. Military and government staff are reportedly not permitted to ...

  • SolarWinds-linked hacking group SilverFish abuses enterprise victims for sandbox tests

    March 18, 2021

    Cyberattackers involved in worldwide hacking campaigns are using the compromised systems of high-profile victims as playgrounds to test out malicious tool detection rates. On Thursday, Swiss cybersecurity firm Prodaft said that SilverFish (.PDF), an “extremely skilled” threat group, has been responsible for intrusions at over 4,720 private and government organizations including “Fortune 500 companies, ministries, airlines, ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • Lazarus targets defense industry with ThreatNeedle

    February 25, 2021

    We named Lazarus the most active group of 2020. We’ve observed numerous activities by this notorious APT group targeting various industries. The group has changed target depending on the primary objective. Google TAG has recently published a post about a campaign by Lazarus targeting security researchers. After taking a closer look, we identified the malware ...

  • Airplane maker Bombardier data posted on ransomware leak site following FTA hack

    February 23, 2021

    Canadian airplane manufacturer Bombardier has disclosed today a security breach after some of its data was published on a dark web portal operated by the Clop ransomware gang. “An initial investigation revealed that an unauthorized party accessed and extracted data by exploiting a vulnerability affecting a third-party file-transfer application, which was running on purpose-built servers isolated ...

  • Australian Department of Defence lists cyber mitigation as key factor for building ethical AI

    February 17, 2021

    The Australian Department of Defence has released a new report on its findings for how to reduce the ethical risk of artificial intelligence projects, noting that cyber mitigation will be key to maintaining the trust and integrity of autonomous systems. The report was drafted following concerns from Defence that failure to adopt emerging technologies in a ...

  • Android spyware strains linked to state-sponsored Confucius threat group

    February 11, 2021

    Two variants of Android spyware connected to pro-India, state-sponsored hacking campaigns have been discovered. On Tuesday, cybersecurity firm Lookout said that two malware strains, dubbed Hornbill and SunBird, have been linked to Confucius, an advanced persistent threat (APT) group thought to be state-sponsored and to have pro-India ties. First detected in 2013, Confucius has been linked to ...

  • UK MoD under fire over multiple data breaches

    January 18, 2021

    The UK Ministry of Defense (MoD) suffered more data breaches in 2020 than in the year prior, seven of which were reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for further investigation. This is according to a new report from the Parliament Street Think Tank, and based on data provided by the MoD itself. Overall, there was an ...

  • Xiaomi added to US list of alleged Communist Chinese military companies

    January 15, 2021

    Chinese hardware manufacturer Xiaomi has been added to a list of alleged Communist Chinese military companies by the United States Department of Defense. “The Department is determined to highlight and counter the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) Military-Civil Fusion development strategy, which supports the modernisation goals of the People’s Liberation Army by ensuring its access to ...

  • Japanese Aerospace Firm Kawasaki Warns of Data Breach

    December 29, 2020

    Japanese aerospace company Kawasaki Heavy Industries on Monday warned of a security incident that may have led to unauthorized access of customer data. According to the company’s data breach notification, it first discovered unauthorized parties accessing a server in Japan, from an overseas office in Thailand, on June 11, 2020. After terminating that access, the company ...

  • RansomExx Ransomware Gang Dumps Stolen Embraer Data: Report

    December 7, 2020

    Hackers have dumped sensitive company data that was stolen during a ransomware attack last month on aircraft manufacturer Embraer. The compromised data appeared on a new dark web site created to publish leaked information, according to a published report. The move appears to be a revenge for the Brazilian-based company’s refusal to pay a ransom in ...

  • Italian police arrest 2 in defense data theft case

    December 6, 2020

    Police in Italy have arrested two people in connection with the hacking of Italian aerospace and electronics company Leonardo, the Interior Ministry announced on Saturday. The Leonardo group also has a cybersecurity division that counts NATO among its customers and is involved in making electronic weapons and missiles. The hackers allegedly managed to steal sensitive data ...

  • Brazilian aerospace firm Embraer hit by cyberattack

    December 2, 2020

    Brazilian aerospace and defence group Embraer has been targeted by a cyberattack that has impacted the company’s operations. According to a statement released by the global firm on Monday (30) the attack resulted in the “disclosure of data allegedly attributed to the company”. The incident was reported five days after it took place to the Brazilian Securities ...

  • The UK’s new offensive cyber unit takes on organised crime and hostile states

    November 19, 2020

    A new offensive force made up of spies, cyber experts and the members of the military is already conducting cyber operations to disrupt hostile state activities, terrorists and criminals, the UK government has revealed. The new group – known as the National Cyber Force – aims to tackle threats to the UK’s national security such as ...

  • Huge U.K. Defense Spending Boost Funds Cyber Force, Space Command And AI

    November 19, 2020

    U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Wednesday evening that the Ministry of Defence would receive an extra £16.5 bn / $21.8bn over the next four years. This is the largest investment in defense for 30 years and is on top of already agreed increases in spending. Johnson said that the massive increase was justified despite ...