Defence and Aerospace


  • 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 ...

  • Australia’s critical infrastructure definition to span communications, data storage, space

    November 9, 2020

    The federal government on Monday published an exposure draft on the Security Legislation Amendment (Critical Infrastructure) Bill 2020. It seeks to amend the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 to implement “an enhanced framework to uplift the security and resilience of Australia’s critical infrastructure”. The Australian government’s Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy currently defines critical infrastructure as: ...

  • Operation North Star: Behind The Scenes

    November 5, 2020

    It is rare to be provided an inside view on how major cyber espionage campaigns are conducted within the digital realm. The only transparency afforded is a limited view of victims, a malware sample, and perhaps the IP addresses of historical command and control (C2) infrastructure. The Operation North Star campaign we detailed earlier this year ...

  • Phishing for secrets: Russian cyber experts believe defense industry is being attacked by North Korea

    October 19, 2020

    A hacker group from North Korea has been attacking Russian military and industrial organizations by sending fraudulent emails, according to cybersecurity experts, who believe that Pyongyang is beginning to cast its net wider. This may come as a surprise to some, as Russia is one of very few countries with no hostility towards Pyongyang, which has ...

  • NSA: Top 25 vulnerabilities actively abused by Chinese hackers

    October 19, 2020

    The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) warns that Chinese state-sponsored hackers exploit 25 different vulnerabilities in attacks against U.S. organizations and interests. In an advisory issued today, the NSA said that it is aware of targeted attacks by Chinese state-sponsored hackers against National Security Systems (NSS), the U.S. Defense Industrial Base (DIB), and the Department of ...

  • Russian hackers use fake NATO training docs to breach govt networks

    September 22, 2020

    A Russian hacker group known by names, APT28, Fancy Bear, Sofacy, Sednit, and STRONTIUM, is behind a targeted attack campaign aimed at government bodies. The group delivered a hard-to-detect strand of Zebrocy Delphi malware under the pretense of providing NATO training materials. Researchers further inspected the files containing the payload and discovered these impersonated JPG files showing ...

  • US charges Iranian hackers for breaching US satellite companies

    September 17, 2020

    Three Iranian nationals have been indicted on charges of hacking US aerospace and satellite companies, the US Department of Justice announced today. Federal prosecutors accused Said Pourkarim Arabi, Mohammad Reza Espargham, and Mohammad Bayati of orchestrating a years-long hacking campaign on behalf of the Iranian government. The hacking spree started in July 2015 and targeted a broad ...