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  • Cybersecurity laws to be updated to boost UK protection from cyber attacks

    November 30, 2022

    The UK’s cybersecurity laws will be updated to require outsourced IT providers to meet security standards as part of efforts to better protect supply chains, the Government has announced. The Network and Information Systems (NIS) Regulations will be updated so third-party firms providing IT services to businesses will be compelled to have effective cybersecurity measures in ...

  • US offshore oil and gas installation at ‘increasing’ risk of cyberattack

    November 21, 2022

    The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has warned that the time to act on securing the US’s offshore oil and natural gas installations is now because they are under “increasing” and “significant risk” of cyberattack. A report to Congress looked at a network of “more than 1,600 offshore oil and gas facilities,” which the federal watchdog ...

  • Electricity/Energy Cybersecurity: Trends & Survey Response

    November 16, 2022

    Trend Micro conducted a study on the state of industrial cybersecurity in the oil and gas, manufacturing, and electricity/energy industries in 2022. Based on the results of a survey of over 900 ICS business and security leaders in the United States, Germany, and Japan, we will discuss the characteristics of each industry, the motivations and ...

  • Cyber vulnerability in networks used by spacecraft, aircraft and energy generation systems

    November 15, 2022

    A major vulnerability in a networking technology widely used in critical infrastructures such as spacecraft, aircraft, energy generation systems and industrial control systems was exposed by researchers at the University of Michigan and NASA. It goes after a network protocol and hardware system called time-triggered ethernet, or TTE, which greatly reduces costs in high-risk settings by ...

  • Shocker: EV charging infrastructure is seriously insecure

    November 15, 2022

    If you’ve noticed car charging stations showing up in your area, congratulations! You’re part of a growing network of systems so poorly secured they could one day be used to destabilize entire electrical grids, and which contain enough security issues to be problematic today. That’s what scientists at Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, New Mexico have ...

  • DTrack activity targeting Europe and Latin America

    November 15, 2022

    DTrack is a backdoor used by the Lazarus group. Initially discovered in 2019, the backdoor remains in use three years later. It is used by the Lazarus group against a wide variety of targets. For example, Kaspersky researchers seen it being used in financial environments where ATMs were breached, in attacks on a nuclear power ...

  • Hive claims ransomware attack on Tata Power, begins leaking data

    October 25, 2022

    Hive ransomware group has claimed responsibility for a cyber attack disclosed by Tata Power this month. A subsidiary of the multinational conglomerate Tata Group, Tata Power is India’s largest integrated power company based in Mumbai. In screenshots seen by BleepingComputer, Hive operators have posted data they claim to have stolen from Tata Power, indicating that the ransom ...

  • Iran’s atomic energy agency confirms hack after stolen data leaked online

    October 24, 2022

    The Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI) has confirmed that one of its subsidiaries’ email servers was hacked after the ”Black Reward’ hacking group published stolen data online. AEOI says an unauthorized party from a specific foreign country, which is not named, stole emails from the hacked server, which consisted of daily correspondence and technical memos. The agency ...

  • Oil and Gas Cybersecurity: Trends & Response to Survey

    October 13, 2022

    Trend Micro conducted a study on the state of industrial cybersecurity in the oil and gas, manufacturing, and electricity/energy industries in 2022. Based on the results of a survey of over 900 ICS business and security leaders in the United States, Germany, and Japan, they discuss the characteristics of each industry, the motivations and environmental ...

  • Pro-Iranian hackers attack Israeli gas company website

    October 9, 2022

    Iraqi hacker group “al-Tahara” attacked the websites for two natural gas companies. The first, Energean, is an international company which has done extensive business with Israel, having acquired the Karish and Tanin natural gas fields from Delek Drilling and Avner Oil in 2016. The second, Israel Natural Gas Lines, is a corporation owned by the Israeli ...

  • Utility security is so bad, US DoE offers rate cuts to improve it

    October 7, 2022

    The US Department of Energy has proposed regulations to financially reward cybersecurity modernization at power plants by offering rate deals for everything from buying new hardware to paying for outside help. In a notice of proposed rulemaking published earlier this week (which nullified a similar 2021 plan), the DoE said the time was right “to establish ...

  • Moody’s turns up the heat on ‘riskiest’ sectors for cyberattacks

    October 3, 2022

    About $22 trillion of global debt rated by Moody’s Investors Service has “high,” or “very high” cyber-risk exposure, with electric, gas and water utilities, as well as hospitals, among the sectors facing the highest risk of cyberattacks. That’s more than one-quarter (28 percent) of the $80 trillion in Moody’s rated debt across 71 global sectors, and ...

  • Russian Sandworm hackers pose as Ukrainian telcos to drop malware

    September 19, 2022

    The Russian state-sponsored hacking group known as Sandworm has been observed masquerading as telecommunication providers to target Ukrainian entities with malware. Sandworm is a state-backed threat actor attributed by the US government as part of the Russian GRU foreign military intelligence service. The APT hacking group is believed to have been behind numerous attacks this year, including ...

  • Criminals exploiting cost of living crisis with energy rebate scam emails

    September 7, 2022

    Criminals are cashing in on the energy crisis by offering bogus rebates to try and trick victims into handing over bank account details. Police say in the past fortnight they’ve had nearly 1,600 reports of suspicious emails with links to malicious websites designed to steal personal and financial information. The scam emails pretend to be from the ...

  • China-linked APT40 gang targets wind farms, Australian government

    August 31, 2022

    Researchers at security company Proofpoint and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) said on Tuesday they had identified a cyber espionage campaign that delivers the ScanBox exploitation framework through a malicious fake Australian news site. The campaign, active from April to June of this year, targeted Australian government agencies, Australian media companies and manufacturers who conduct maintenance on wind turbine ...

  • Oil and Gas Cybersecurity: Industry Overview Part 1

    August 8, 2022

    The oil and gas industry is no stranger to major cybersecurity attacks, attempting to disrupt operations and services. Most of the best understood attacks against the oil industry are initial attempts to break into the corporate networks of oil companies. Geopolitical tensions can cause major changes not only in physical space, but also in cyberspace. In ...

  • BlackCat ransomware claims attack on European gas pipeline

    August 1, 2022

    The ALPHV ransomware gang, aka BlackCat, claimed responsibility for a cyberattack against Creos Luxembourg S.A. last week, a natural gas pipeline and electricity network operator in the central European country. Creos’ owner, Encevo, who operates as an energy supplier in five EU countries, announced on July 25 that they had suffered a cyberattack the previous weekend, ...

  • A hacker group said it has broken into the Israeli electricity network

    June 16, 2022

    A hacker group identifying itself as the “Moses Staff” said it has broken into the Israeli electricity network, vowing to plunge the regime into darkness. The group said on Wednesday it had targeted the Israel Electric Corporation, the largest supplier of electrical power in the occupied territories, as well as Dorad Energy Ltd., which serves customers ...

  • Ukraine’s secret cyber-defense that blunts Russian attacks: excellent backups

    June 8, 2022

    The Kremlin-backed cyberattack against satellite communications provider Viasat, which happened an hour before Russia invaded Ukraine, was “one of the biggest cyber events that we have seen, perhaps ever, and certainly in warfare,” according to Dmitri Alperovitch, a co-founder of CrowdStrike and chair of security-centric think tank Silverado Policy Accelerator. Alperovitch shared that opinion during a ...

  • US govt grants academics $12M to develop cyberattack defense tools

    April 22, 2022

    The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that it will provide $12 million in funding to six university teams to develop defense and mitigation tools to protect US energy delivery systems from cyberattacks. Cybersecurity tools developed as a result of the six university-led research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects will focus on detecting, blocking, and ...