Defence and Aerospace

  • 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 ...

  • US nuclear weapon bunker security secrets spill from online flashcards since 2013

    May 28, 2021

    Details of some US nuclear missile bunkers in Europe, which contain live warheads, along with secret codewords used by guards to signal that they’re being threatened by enemies, were exposed for nearly a decade through online flashcards used for education, but which were left publicly available. The astonishing security blunder was revealed by investigative journalism website ...

  • Re-Checking Your Pulse: Updates on Chinese APT Actors Compromising Pulse Secure VPN Devices

    May 27, 2021

    Mandiant published detailed results of our investigations into compromised Pulse Secure devices by suspected Chinese espionage operators. This blog post is intended to provide an update on our findings, give additional recommendations to network defenders, and discuss potential implications for U.S.-China strategic relations. Mandiant continues to gather evidence and respond to intrusions involving compromises of Pulse ...

  • Here’s how we got persistent shell access on a Boeing 747 – Pen Test Partners

    May 21, 2021

    Researchers from infosec biz Pen Test Partners established a persistent shell on an in-flight entertainment (IFE) system from a Boeing 747 airliner after exploiting a vulnerability dating back to 1999. It’s an attack that’s more of a curiosity than anything else: it’s too difficult to pull off during an actual flight, and it’s rare these days ...

  • How Myanmar’s military moved in on the telecoms sector to spy on citizens

    May 19, 2021

    In the months before the Myanmar military’s Feb. 1 coup, the country’s telecom and internet service providers were ordered to install intercept spyware that would allow the army to eavesdrop on the communications of citizens, sources with direct knowledge of the plan told Reuters. The technology gives the military the power to listen in on calls, ...

  • Fresh Loader Targets Aviation Victims with Spy RATs

    May 13, 2021

    A cyberattack campaign that goes after aviation targets has been uncovered, which is spreading remote access trojan (RAT) malware bent on cyber-espionage. Researchers from Microsoft said this week on Twitter that spear-phishing emails are the main attack vector. Individuals in the aerospace and travel sectors are being targeted with a range of gambits, such as using ...

  • US Department of Defense expands its bug hunting programme to networks, IoT and more

    May 5, 2021

    The US Department of Defense (DOD) has significantly expanded its bug bounty program to all publicly accessible information systems, including not just websites but also networks, frequency-based communication, Internet of Things, and industrial control systems. The DoD bug bounty, which is overseen by the DoD’s Cyber Crime Center (DC3), is now much broader than the “Hack ...