Defence and Aerospace

  • UK: 250 Afghan interpreters’ details in data breach, MoD confirms

    September 21, 2021

    The Ministry of Defence has launched an investigation into a data breach involving the details of 250 Afghan interpreters. An MoD spokeswoman told Sky News 250 email addresses are part of the breach, but it is not yet known if they contain the names or photos of the translators involved. The breach was carried out by the ...

  • Cyberattacks against the aviation industry linked to Nigerian threat actor

    September 17, 2021

    Researchers have unmasked a lengthy campaign against the aviation sector, beginning with the analysis of a Trojan by Microsoft. On May 11, Microsoft Security Intelligence published a Twitter thread outlining a campaign targeting the “aerospace and travel sectors with spear-phishing emails that distribute an actively developed loader, which then delivers RevengeRAT or AsyncRAT.” Read more… Source: ZDNet  

  • Australia, UK, and US form trilateral pact focused on security in Indo-Pacific

    September 15, 2021

    Australia, the UK, and the US are setting up a trilateral partnership aimed at addressing defence and security concerns in the Indo-Pacific region. The security partnership, called AUKUS, will look to promote deeper information and technology sharing between the three governments, with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison saying the new security partnership would enhance existing networks ...

  • Virginia National Guard confirms cyberattack hit Virginia Defense Force email accounts

    September 9, 2021

    Email accounts connected to the Virginia Defense Force and the Virginia Department of Military Affairs were impacted by a cyberattack in July, according to a spokesperson from the Virginia National Guard. A. A. Puryear, chief of public affairs for the Virginia National Guard, told ZDNet that the organization was notified in July about a possible cyber ...

  • 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 ...

  • Confucius Uses Pegasus Spyware-related Lures to Target Pakistani Military

    August 17, 2021

    While investigating the Confucius threat actor, we found a recent spear phishing campaign that utilizes Pegasus spyware-related lures to entice victims into opening a malicious document downloading a file stealer. The NSO Group’s spyware spurred a collaborative investigation that found that it was being used to target high-ranking individuals in 11 different countries. In this blog ...

  • Afghanistan: The Taliban have seized U.S. military biometrics devices

    August 17, 2021

    The Taliban have seized U.S. military biometrics devices that could aid in the identification of Afghans who assisted coalition forces, current and former military officials have told The Intercept. The devices, known as HIIDE, for Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment, were seized last week during the Taliban’s offensive, according to a Joint Special Operations Command official ...

  • The Pentagon says its new AI can see events ‘days in advance’

    August 4, 2021

    The US military is testing the use of cutting-edge data gathering tools combined with artificial intelligence to predict enemies’ next moves with up to days of advance. Speaking at a press conference, the commander of the US Northern Command (NORTHCOM) Glen VanHerck revealed that trials have been on-going to improve the military’s use of data when ...

  • NSA Issues Guidance on Securing Wireless Devices in Public Settings

    July 29, 2021

    FORT MEADE, Md. – NSA released the Cybersecurity Information Sheet, “Securing Wireless Devices in Public Settings” today to help National Security System (NSS), Department of Defense (DoD), and Defense Industrial Base (DIB) teleworkers identify potential threats and minimize risks to their wireless devices and data. Cyber actors can compromise devices over Bluetooth, public Wi-Fi, and Near-Field ...

  • DDoS attack registered on Russian Defense Ministry website

    July 16, 2021

    The official website of the Russian Defense Ministry is down due to a DDoS attack, a source in the law enforcement informed TASS on Friday. “Specialists from the defense ministry are repelling a DDoS attack on the official website of the Defense Ministry,” the source said. Read more… Source: TASS  

  • SolarWinds patches critical Serv-U vulnerability exploited in the wild

    July 12, 2021

    SolarWinds is urging customers to patch a Serv-U remote code execution vulnerability exploited in the wild by “a single threat actor” in attacks targeting a limited number of customers. “Microsoft has provided evidence of limited, targeted customer impact, though SolarWinds does not currently have an estimate of how many customers may be directly affected by the ...

  • Lazarus Targets Job-Seeking Engineers with Malicious Documents

    July 9, 2021

    The notorious Lazarus advanced persistent threat (APT) group has been identified as the cybergang behind a campaign spreading malicious documents to job-seeking engineers. The ploy involves impersonating defense contractors seeking job candidates. Researchers have been tracking Lazarus activity for months with engineering targets in the United States and Europe, according to a report published online by ...

  • The Aviation Industry Needs to Move Towards Cyber Resilience

    July 5, 2021

    2021 is a significant year for aviation. It marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the worst acts of unlawful interference in the history of aviation. It is also the Year of Security Culture for the ICAO community, which aims to enhance security awareness and foster a security culture throughout the industry. The importance ...

  • CISA: Kaseya VSA Supply-Chain Ransomware Attack

    July 2, 2021

    CISA is taking action to understand and address the recent supply-chain ransomware attack against Kaseya VSA and the multiple managed service providers (MSPs) that employ VSA software. CISA encourages organizations to review the Kaseya advisory and immediately follow their guidance to shutdown VSA servers. Source: Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency KASEYA VSA Important Notice July 2nd, 2021 KASEYA VSA ...

  • NSA, Partners Release Cybersecurity Advisory on Brute Force Global Cyber Campaign

    July 1, 2021

    FORT MEADE, Md. – The National Security Agency (NSA), Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) released a Cybersecurity Advisory today exposing malicious cyber activities by Russian military intelligence against U.S. and global organizations, starting from mid-2019 and likely ongoing. This advisory is ...

  • Biden gave Putin list of 16 critical infrastructure entities ‘off limits’ to cyberattacks

    June 17, 2021

    President Biden told reporters Wednesday he gave President Vladimir Putin a list of 16 critical infrastructure entities that are “off limits” to a Russian cyberattack. Those entities include energy, water, health care, emergency, chemical, nuclear, communications, government, defense, food, commercial facilities, IT, transportation, dams, manufacturing and financial services. “We’ll find out whether we have a cybersecurity arrangement ...

  • NATO summit communiqué compares repeat cyberattacks to armed attacks

    June 15, 2021

    A communiqué issued at the conclusion of the NATO summit has called for China to observe the laws of cyberspace, and set out new standards by which members of the alliance will consider cyberattacks. The new standard refers to Article 5 of the 1949 North Atlantic Treaty, as it declares that an attack on a single ...

  • REvil ransomware hits US nuclear weapons contractor

    June 14, 2021

    US nuclear weapons contractor Sol Oriens has suffered a cyberattack allegedly at the hands of the REvil ransomware gang, which claims to be auctioning data stolen during the attack. Sol Oriens describes itself as helping the “Department of Defense and Department of Energy Organizations, Aerospace Contractors, and Technology Firms carry out complex programs.” However, job postings first ...

  • US truck and military vehicle maker Navistar discloses data breach

    June 7, 2021

    Navistar International Corporation (Navistar), a US-based maker of trucks and military vehicles, says that unknown attackers have stolen data from its network following a cybersecurity incident discovered on May 20, 2021. The company disclosed the attack in an 8-K report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Monday. Read more… Source: Bleeping Computer  

  • New SkinnyBoy malware used by Russian hackers to breach sensitive orgs

    June 3, 2021

    Security researchers have discovered a new piece of malware called SkinnyBoy that was used in spear-phishing campaigns attributed to Russian-speaking hacking group APT28. The threat actor, also known as Fancy Bear, Sednit, Sofacy, Strontium, or PwnStorm, used SkinnyBoy in attacks targeting military and government institutions earlier this year. SkinnyBoy is intended for an intermediary stage of the ...