Defence and Aerospace


  • Russian hackers attack Ukraine MoD resources

    January 25, 2024

    Cyber attacks by Russian government-funded groups on the resources run by the Ministry of Defense using phishing, distribution of remote code execution malware, and blocking of access to web resources have been recorded. “Last day, attacks on Ukraine’s government and commercial sectors were recorded. Also, attacks by Russia-funded hacker groups were launched on the resources of ...

  • Denmark allocates €12 million for cyber security in Ukraine’s Armed Forces and Defence Ministry within IT coalition

    January 24, 2024

    Denmark has announced assistance worth more than €12 million to develop the cyber resilience of the systems of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine. As part of the new Ramstein-format meeting on 23 January, Denmark and other member countries of the IT coalition signed a cooperation agreement that outlines the ...

  • OpenAI Lifts Military Ban, Opens Doors to DOD for Cybersecurity Collaboration

    January 22, 2024

    At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland on Jan. 16, it was revealed that OpenAI and the Department of Defense will be collaborating on artificial intelligence-based cybersecurity technology. The news has broader implications than just those in the cyber or AI realms: before last week, OpenAI had resisted sanctioning use of its popular ChatGPT application ...

  • Ukrainian hackers steal construction plans for 500 Russian military sites

    January 18, 2024

    Hackers from the group Blackjack, purportedly affiliated with Ukraine’s SBU security service, have breached a Russian state enterprise involved in construction work for the Russian military, and downloaded over 1.2 TB of data, a Ukrainian law enforcement source told NV on Jan. 18. The data from Russia’s Main Military Construction Directorate for Special Projects included more ...

  • NATO releases first ever quantum strategy

    January 17, 2024

    Quantum technologies are getting closer to revolutionizing the world of innovation and can be game-changers for security, including modern warfare. Ensuring that the Alliance is ”quantum-ready” is the aim of NATO’s first-ever quantum strategy that was approved by NATO Foreign Ministers on 28 November. On Wednesday 17 January 2024, NATO releases a summary of the strategy. ...

  • Latest Cyber-Attacks in Serbia Raise Fresh Questions about Defence

    January 16, 2024

    Serbia’s inaction in the face of frequent cyber-attacks on public institutions and private companies is a growing concern, cyber security expert Ivan Markovic has told BIRN, after the online forum he co-founded reported that a server used by the Serbian army had been breached and state energy company Elektroprivreda Srbije, EPS, had been hit with ...

  • Data breach hits Navy contractor Fincantieri Marine Group

    January 15, 2024

    Italian shipbuilding firm Fincantieri’s U.S. arm Fincantieri Marine Group, which is a contractor for the U.S. Navy, disclosed that it had 16,769 individuals’ data compromised following an April ransomware attack that resulted in significant production disruptions. In breach notification letters sent to impacted individuals earlier this month, FMG said that some of its systems had been ...

  • Hackers target UK in huge cyber attack ‘in response to airstrikes in Yemen’

    January 13, 2024

    Hackers say they launched a massive cyber attack against the UK in response to airstrikes in Yemen. Anonymous Sudan said Friday’s raid on an internet company was also because Britain had shown “support” for Israel. In a statement on messaging platform Telegram, the group warned: “Big attack on UK soon, in response to the air attacks ...

  • U.S. National Security Agency Publishes 2023 Cybersecurity Year in Review

    December 19, 2023

    FORT MEADE, Md.–The National Security Agency (NSA) published its 2023 Cybersecurity Year in Review today to share its recent cybersecurity successes and how it is working with partners to deliver on cybersecurity advances that enhance national security. This year’s report highlights NSA’s work with U.S government partners, foreign partners, and the Defense Industrial Base. “The combined ...

  • Defense Contractor Austal USA Confirms a Cyber Attack by Hunters International Ransomware Group

    December 15, 2023

    Australian-based American defense contractor Austal USA has confirmed a cyber attack after the Hunters International ransomware group listed the company and shared samples of the stolen data as proof. Austal USA is a Contractor for the US Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), undertaking major U.S. Navy shipbuilding programs. With five ...

  • NCI Agency partners with industry to strengthen NATO’s cyber security posture

    December 13, 2023

    On 13 December 2023, the NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) signed a contract with IBM to help strengthen the Alliance’s cybersecurity posture with improved security visibility and asset management across all NATO enterprise networks. Following NATO’s new dynamic and competitive procurement process, featuring regular workshops, sprints and continuous communication with industry, the NCI Agency ...

  • U.K. MoD breach of Afghans’ data ‘could have posed threat to life in Taliban’s hands’

    December 13, 2023

    The Ministry of Defence has been fined £350,000 for an “egregious” data breach that exposed the personal information of Afghan nationals seeking to flee to the UK after the Taliban takeover. Details belonging to 265 people were mistakenly copied in to emails sent by the Government, meaning they could be seen by all recipients, the Information ...

  • USAF cracks down on ‘need to know’ violations in wake of Discord leaks

    December 12, 2023

    Just because you’re cleared for secrets doesn’t mean you have a “need to know” them. After hundreds of classified documents were leaked earlier this year, the U.S. Air Force is trying to ensure that airmen clear both bars before they access sensitive information. The service has “implemented several reforms to improve procedures related to need to ...

  • Star Blizzard increases sophistication and evasion in ongoing attacks

    December 7, 2023

    Microsoft Threat Intelligence continues to track and disrupt malicious activity attributed to a Russian state-sponsored actor we track as Star Blizzard (formerly SEABORGIUM, also known as COLDRIVER and Callisto Group). Star Blizzard has improved their detection evasion capabilities since 2022 while remaining focused on email credential theft against the same targets. Star Blizzard, whose activities we ...

  • TA422’s Dedicated Exploitation Loop – the Same Week After Week

    December 5, 2023

    Starting in March 2023, Proofpoint researchers have observed the Russian advanced persistent threat (APT) TA422 readily use patched vulnerabilities to target a variety of organizations in Europe and North America. TA422 overlaps with the aliases APT28, Forest Blizzard, Pawn Storm, Fancy Bear, and BlueDelta, and is attributed by the United States Intelligence Community to the Russian ...

  • NATO deepens cyber coalition with Asian partners

    December 1, 2023

    NATO countries wrapped up one their signature cybersecurity exercises in Estonia this week, welcoming South Korea and Japan to the proceedings as alliance officials seek like-minded governments to harden their collective virtual defenses. The Cyber Coalition 2023 event in the country’s capital of Tallinn focused on sharing threat intelligence and responding to attack scenarios on virtual ...

  • AeroBlade on the hunt targeting the U.S. Aerospace industry

    November 30, 2023

    BlackBerry has uncovered a previously unknown threat actor targeting an aerospace organization in the United States, with the apparent goal of conducting commercial and competitive cyber espionage. The BlackBerry Threat Research and Intelligence team is tracking this threat actor as AeroBlade. The actor used spear-phishing as a delivery mechanism: A weaponized document, sent as an email ...

  • Japan space agency server likely hit by unauthorized access attack

    November 29, 2023

    Japan’s space agency was likely hit by an unauthorized access attack to a network server, the government said Wednesday, adding the incident did not involve sensitive information pertaining to rockets or satellites. Sources close to the matter said the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency was not aware that the breach may have occurred sometime during the summer ...

  • Hacker claims to have hit General Electric and stolen company data

    November 27, 2023

    A hacker with the alias IntelBroker claims to have breached General Electric and stolen plenty of sensitive data from the company’s systems. The company operates in different fields, including aerospace, renewable energy, power, venture capital, and more. The hacker posted a new thread on an underground forum, selling access to the company’s “development and software pipelines” ...

  • Foreign spy conducts cyberattacks against China’s defense, high-tech firm

    November 27, 2023

    China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS) disclosed a new case on Monday of foreign espionage activities involving the recruitment of a Chinese software developer who provided “technical services.” This spy agency used “poisoned” software to conduct cyberattacks and steal secrets from dozens of China’s defense and high-tech enterprises. Wang, a Chinese engineer in the network technology ...