Defence and Aerospace

  • Capita cyber-attack: 90 organisations report data breaches

    May 30, 2023

    About 90 organisations have reported breaches of personal information held by Capita after the outsourcing group suffered a cyber-attack, Britain’s data watchdog has said. The company, which runs crucial services for local councils, the military and the NHS, experienced the hack, which caused a significant IT outage, in March. Read more… Source: The Guardian  

  • Arms maker Rheinmetall confirms BlackBasta ransomware attack

    May 23, 2023

    German automotive and arms manufacturer Rheinmetall AG confirms that it suffered a BlackBasta ransomware attack that impacted its civilian business. On Saturday, May 20th, 2023, BlackBasta posted Rheinmetall on its extortion site along with samples of the data the hackers claimed to have stolen from the German company. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • US cyber team unearths malware during ‘hunt-forward’ mission in Latvia

    May 10, 2023

    A team of U.S. cyber specialists discovered malware during a three-month deployment to Latvia while scouring digital infrastructure for weaknesses. The so-called hunt-forward operation, conducted by the Cyber National Mission Force, was the second such endeavor in the former Soviet state. It wrapped up “recently,” U.S. Cyber Command announced May 10. Read more… Source: Yahoo! News  

  • Ukraine ‘testing ground’ for Australian cyber defences

    April 27, 2023

    Ukraine’s ambassador says cyber security assistance to help combat Russian aggression would also help boost Australia’s own capabilities. Vasyl Myroshnychenko said he would welcome any further assistance with Ukraine’s defence against Russia, adding it would provide Australia with a good opportunity to stress test its own resources. Read more… Source: MSN News  

  • U.S. deploys more cyber forces abroad to help fight hackers

    April 25, 2023

    The United States is sending more of its cyber forces abroad to help foreign governments fight hackers, a top U.S. military official said at the RSA cybersecurity conference in San Francisco. In the last three years, the U.S. military’s Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF) has conducted 47 such “hunt forward” defensive operations across 20 countries at ...

  • Cyber Defenders: NCI Agency experts participate in exercise Locked Shields

    April 21, 2023

    The exercise was organized by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (CCDCOE) in Tallinn, Estonia from 18-21 April 2023. Nearly 20 NCI Agency experts participated in Locked Shields alongside on a team co-led by Denmark and the United Kingdom’s Ministries of Defence. The team joined the exercise on-site from the Defence Cyber Academy in ...

  • Ransomware Attack Hits Marinette Marine Shipyard, Results in Short-Term Delay of Frigate, Freedom LCS Construction

    April 20, 2023

    The Wisconsin shipyard that builds the U.S. Navy’s Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ship and the Constellation-class guided-missile frigate suffered a ransomware attack last week that delayed production across the shipyard, USNI News has learned. Fincantieri Marinette Marine experienced the attack in the early morning hours of April 12, when large chunks of data on the shipyard’s network ...

  • Rheinmetall suffers cyber attack, military business unaffected, spokesperson says

    April 14, 2023

    Rheinmetall (RHMG.DE), suffered a cyber attack to the division of its business dealing with industrial customers, mostly in the automotive sector, the company said on Friday, adding its military division was unaffected. “Rheinmetall is currently investigating the extent of the damages and is in close contact with the relevant authorities,” a spokesperson said. Read more… Source: Reuters  

  • Russia likely behind U.S. military document leak, U.S. officials say

    April 7, 2023

    Russia or pro-Russian elements are likely behind the leak of several classified U.S. military documents posted on social media that offer a partial, month-old snapshot of the war in Ukraine, three U.S. officials told Reuters on Friday, while the Justice Department said separately it was probing the leak. The documents appear to have been altered to ...

  • UK spies waging cyber attacks to ‘weaken adversaries’ including Russia and Iran

    April 4, 2023

    GCHQ has revealed details of the UK’s National Cyber Force (NCF), which it says carries out cyber operations on a daily basis to protect against threats to the UK, including espionage, terrorism and serious crime. With weeks to go until England’s local elections, the intelligence agency said the secretive unit was also working to “reduce the ...

  • Failed IT systems at Capita fuel fears of cyber-attack on crucial NHS provider

    March 31, 2023

    Computer systems have abruptly stopped working at the outsourcing group Capita, knocking out council phone lines and triggering fears that the company that runs crucial operations for the NHS and the military could be under cyber-attack. Capita staff are understood to have been unable to access IT systems since the early hours of Friday, and an ...

  • Uncle Sam reveals it sent cyber-soldiers to Albania to hunt for Iranian threats

    March 24, 2023

    US Cyber Command operators have confirmed they carried out an online defensive mission in Albania, in response to last year’s cyber attacks against the local government. Over the course of the three-month deployment, Cyber National Mission Force (CNMF) troops worked with their Albanian counterparts to hunt for cyber threats and identify vulnerabilities on networks in the ...

  • KillNet and affiliate hacktivist groups targeting healthcare with DDoS attacks

    March 17, 2023

    In the last year, geopolitical tension has led to an uptick of reported cybercrime events fueled by hacktivist groups. The US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) published an advisory to warn organizations about these attacks and teamed with the FBI on a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) response strategy guide. KillNet, a group that the US ...

  • NATO and European Union launch task force on resilience of critical infrastructure

    March 16, 2023

    First announced by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in January, the initiative brings together officials from both organisations to share best practices, share situational awareness, and develop principles to improve resilience. The Task Force will begin by focusing on four sectors: energy, transport, digital infrastructure, and space. Announcing ...

  • Canada: Cyber attack hits engineering giant with contracts for military bases, power plants

    March 9, 2023

    A Canadian engineering giant whose work involves critical military, power and transportation infrastructure across the country has been hit with a ransomware attack. Toronto-based Black & McDonald has so far refused to publicly comment on the cyberattack, while the Department of National Defence and other clients of the company have downplayed any impact or damage. Read more… Source: ...

  • Several NATO websites suffer a cyber attack

    February 13, 2023

    Several NATO websites have suffered a computer attack on Sunday night, leaving the NATO Special Operations Headquarters website, among others, temporarily inoperative. “NATO cyber experts are actively dealing with an incident affecting some NATO websites. NATO deals with cyber incidents on a regular basis, and takes cyber security very seriously,” an Atlantic Alliance official told DPA ...

  • SNP MP Stewart McDonald’s emails hacked by Russian group

    February 8, 2023

    An MP has told the BBC his emails have been stolen and he fears they will be made public. The SNP’s Stewart McDonald said the hack took place in January and he wanted to pre-empt any publication sharing them. Read more… Source: BBC News  

  • Blow to Morgan Advanced Materials as cyber-attack to cost millions to deal with

    February 7, 2023

    Shares in Morgan Advanced Materials tanked 7.5% to 292p this morning after the industrial manufacturer became the latest listed firm to fall victim to a cyber attack which it said would cost millions of pounds to tackle. The 166-year-old firm warned the attack meant some of its IT systems were irrecoverable, and it had been forced ...

  • North Korean hackers stole research data in two-month-long breach

    February 2, 2023

    A new cyber espionage campaign dubbed ‘No Pineapple!’ has been attributed to the North Korean Lazarus hacking group, allowing the threat actors to stealthily steal 100GB of data from the victim without causing any destruction. The campaign lasted between August and November 2022, targeting organizations in medical research, healthcare, chemical engineering, energy, defense, and a leading ...

  • NATO Agency signs important cyber security agreements

    January 2, 2023

    The NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) signed two multiple award, Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts with King ICT Croatia and IBM Belgium, for the provision of cyber security deployment and configuration services across the NATO Enterprise. Following an open competition, the Cyber Security Services Framework (CSSF) contracts were signed on 12 December 2022 ...