Industrial Security


  • Security company warns of Mitsubishi industrial control vulnerabilities

    August 5, 2021

    Cybersecurity company Nozomi Networks Labs has warned the industrial control system (ICS) security community about 5 vulnerabilities affecting Mitsubishi safety PLCs. In a new report, the company said Mitsubishi acknowledged the issues — which are focused on the authentication implementation of the MELSOFT communication protocol — after they were discovered at the end of 2020. The Japanese ...

  • The Next Disruptive ICS Attacker: A Disgruntled Insider?

    August 4, 2021

    Often, the most critical threats come from within an organization itself. This is true for all sectors, but it is especially true for industrial control systems (ICS). Technicians in these environments already have access to plant controls and may have the deep knowledge of industrial processes needed to achieve specific goals. The damage caused by ...

  • Industrial Networks Exposed Through Cloud-Based Operational Tech

    July 22, 2021

    The benefits of using a cloud-based management platform to monitor and configure industrial control systems (ICS) devices are obvious — efficiency, cost-savings and better diagnostics just for starters. But new research found critical vulnerabilities in these platforms that could be used to paralyze operations if left unmitigated. An analysis by Claroty’s newly branded Team82 research team ...

  • Law firm Campbell Conroy & O’Neil warned clients of ransomware data breach

    July 20, 2021

    Law firm Campbell Conroy & O’Neil has warned of a breach from late February which may have exposed data from the company’s lengthy client list of big-name corporations including Apple and IBM. The breach, which was discovered on 27 February 2021 when a ransomware infection blocked access to selected files on the company’s internal systems, has ...

  • Modipwn: code execution vulnerability discovered in Schneider Electric Modicon PLCs

    July 13, 2021

    A vulnerability discovered in Schneider Electric (SE) Modicon programmable logic controllers (PLCs) allows full takeover of the industrial chips. Discovered by Armis researchers, the vulnerability can be used to bypass existing security mechanisms in PLCs to hijack the devices and potentially impact wider industrial setups. The authentication bypass vulnerability, dubbed Modipwn, has been assigned as CVE-2021-22779. Read ...

  • Mercedes-Benz data breach exposes SSNs, credit card numbers

    June 25, 2021

    Mercedes-Benz USA has just disclosed a data breach impacting some of its customers. The company assessed 1.6 million customer records which included customer names, addresses, emails, phone numbers, and some purchased vehicle information to determine the impact. It appears the data breach exposed credit card information, social security numbers, and driver license numbers of under 1,000 Mercedes-Benz ...

  • 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 ...

  • Andariel evolves to target South Korea with ransomware

    June 15, 2021

    In April 2021, we observed a suspicious Word document with a Korean file name and decoy. It revealed a novel infection scheme and an unfamiliar payload. While we were doing our research into these findings, Malwarebytes published a nice report with technical details about the same series of attacks, which they attributed to the Lazarus ...

  • Utilities ‘Concerningly’ at Risk from Active Exploits

    June 14, 2021

    The amount of time that utility networks spend exposed to a known application exploit has spiked over the past two months — something analysts called out as a “concerning datapoint,” and an important reminder that ransomware isn’t the only threat utility networks need to secure against. A new report from WhiteHat Security measured the amount of ...

  • Audi, Volkswagen data breach affects 3.3 million customers

    June 12, 2021

    Audi and Volkswagen have suffered a data breach affecting 3.3 million customers after a vendor exposed unsecured data on the Internet. Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWGoA) is the North American subsidiary of the German Volkswagen Group. It is responsible for US and Canadian operations for Volkswagen, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, and VW Credit, Inc. Read more… Source: ...

  • 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  

  • Securing Computerized Vehicles from Potential Cybersecurity Threats

    June 6, 2021

    Like technology itself, cybersecurity is ever-evolving and encompassing more areas of our lives, including transportation. Popular science fiction movies have led us to expect flying taxis and private space travel as the future of transportation. If that is going to become an eventual reality, the first steps towards that future are “smart cars” and automated ...

  • 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 ...

  • Threats From a Compromised 4G/5G Campus Network

    May 27, 2021

    Over the past two decades, industrial sectors and everyday users have reaped the benefits of advancements in telecom technologies. At present, the catalyst and basis for future changes is 5G. A sign of this continuing development and influence for some industries is their investment in non-public networks (NPN), also commonly referred to as campus networks. The ...

  • Crimes of Opportunity: Increasing Frequency of Low Sophistication Operational Technology Compromises

    May 25, 2021

    Attacks on control processes supported by operational technology (OT) are often perceived as necessarily complex. This is because disrupting or modifying a control process to cause a predictable effect is often quite difficult and can require a lot of time and resources. However, Mandiant Threat Intelligence has observed simpler attacks, where actors with varying levels ...

  • Russian to be deported after foiled Tesla ransomware plot

    May 24, 2021

    A Russian man was sentenced Monday to what amounted to time already served in U.S. government custody and will be deported after pleading guilty to trying to pay a Tesla employee $500,000 to install computer malware at the company’s Nevada electric battery plant in a bid to steal company secrets for ransom. Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, appearing ...

  • Florida water treatment plant was involved in second security incident before poisoning attempt: report

    May 21, 2021

    A new study from Dragos has found that a water treatment plant in Oldsmar, Florida — where hackers attempted to poison the town’s water earlier this year — was also involved in another potential breach at the same time. A browser being used on the plant’s network was traced back to a “watering hole” attack that ...

  • DarkSide Ransomware: Best Practices for Preventing Business Disruption from Ransomware Attacks

    May 11, 2021

    The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) are aware of a ransomware attack affecting a critical infrastructure (CI) entity—a pipeline company—in the United States. Malicious cyber actors deployed DarkSide ransomware against the pipeline company’s information technology (IT) network. At this time, there is no indication that the entity’s ...

  • Industrial Cybersecurity: Guidelines for Protecting Critical Infrastructure

    May 11, 2021

    Over the weekend, the Alpharetta, GA based Colonial Pipeline was hit by an extensive ransomware attack that shut down its information technology (IT) and industrial operational technology (OT) systems. Simply put, an all-too-common ransomware event targeting IT systems encouraged a voluntary shutdown on the production side (OT) of the business to prevent further exposure. Colonial ...

  • US and Australia warn of escalating Avaddon ransomware attacks

    May 10, 2021

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) are warning of an ongoing Avaddon ransomware campaign targeting organizations from an extensive array of sectors in the US and worldwide. The FBI said in a TLP:GREEN flash alert last week that Avaddon ransomware affiliates are trying to breach the networks of manufacturing, ...