Industrial Security


  • The Impact of Modern Ransomware on Manufacturing Networks

    December 1, 2020

    Ransomware threats have disrupted the manufacturing industry significantly in 2020. In a disturbing trend during the third quarter of the year, attackers appeared to be singling out manufacturing organizations as a victim of choice in their ransomware operations. Ransomware threats have disrupted the manufacturing industry significantly in 2020. These attacks have resulted in substantial losses in ...

  • IIoT chip maker Advantech hit by ransomware, $12.5 million ransom

    November 28, 2020

    The Conti ransomware gang hit the systems of industrial automation and Industrial IoT (IIoT) chip maker Advantech and is now demanding a $14 million ransom to decrypt affected systems and to stop leaking stolen company data. Advantech is a global leading manufacturer of IT products and solutions, including embedded PCs, network devices, IoT, servers, and healthcare ...

  • Adventures in MQTT Part II: Identifying MQTT Brokers in the Wild

    November 18, 2020

    The use of publicly accessible MQTT brokers is prevalent across numerous verticals and technology fields. I was able to identify systems related to energy production, hospitality, finance, healthcare, pharmaceutical manufacturing, building management, surveillance, workplace safety, vehicle fleet management, shipping, construction, natural resource management, agriculture, smart homes and far more. Hackers have been sounding alarms about this ...

  • More than 200 systems infected by new Chinese APT ‘FunnyDream’

    November 17, 2020

    A new Chinese state-sponsored hacking group (also known as an APT) has infected more than 200 systems across Southeast Asia with malware over the past two years. The malware infections are part of a widespread cyber-espionage campaign carried out by a group named FunnyDream, according to a new report published today by security firm Bitdefender. The attacks ...

  • Manufacturing is becoming a major target for ransomware attacks

    November 13, 2020

    Ransomware has become a major threat to the manufacturing industry as cyber-criminal groups increasingly take an interest in targeting the industrial control systems (ICS) that manage operations. According to analysis by cybersecurity researchers at security company Dragos, the number of publicly recorded ransomware attacks against manufacturing has tripled in the last year alone. While a lot of ...

  • Compal, the second-largest laptop manufacturer in the world, hit by ransomware

    November 9, 2020

    Compal, a Taiwanese electronics company that builds laptops for some of the world’s largest computer brands such as Apple, Acer, Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba, HP, and Fujitsu, suffered a ransomware attack over the weekend. Responsible for the breach is believed to be the DoppelPaymer ransomware gang, according to a screenshot of the ransom note shared by Compal ...

  • Attacks on industrial enterprises using RMS and TeamViewer: new data

    November 5, 2020

    In summer 2019, Kaspersky ICS CERT identified a new wave of phishing emails containing various malicious attachments. The emails target companies and organizations from different sectors of the economy that are associated with industrial production in one way or another. We reported these attacks in 2018 in an article entitled “Attacks on industrial enterprises using RMS ...

  • Over 100 irrigation systems left exposed online without a password

    October 26, 2020

    More than 100 smart irrigation systems were left exposed online without a password last month, allowing anyone to access and tamper with water irrigation programs for crops, tree plantations, cities, and building complexes. The exposed irrigation systems were discovered by Security Joes, a small boutique security firm based in Israel. All were running ICC PRO, a top-shelf ...

  • US Treasury sanctions Russian research institute behind Triton malware

    October 23, 2020

    The US Treasury Department announced sanctions today against a Russian research institute for its role in developing Triton, a malware strain designed to attack industrial equipment. Sanctions were levied today against the State Research Center of the Russian Federation FGUP Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics (also known as CNIIHM or TsNIIKhM). A FireEye report ...

  • Practical example of fuzzing OPC UA applications

    October 19, 2020

    In an article published in May 2018, Kaspersky ICS-CERT described their approaches to searching for vulnerabilities in industrial systems based on the OPC UA protocol. Two years later, the issue of ensuring the security of industrial systems based on that protocol is as relevant as ever. Large vendors of industrial software continue to develop and support ...

  • MontysThree: Industrial espionage with steganography and a Russian accent on both sides

    October 8, 2020

    In summer 2020 we uncovered a previously unknown multi-module C++ toolset used in highly targeted industrial espionage attacks dating back to 2018. Initially the reason for our interest in this malware was its rarity, the obviously targeted nature of the campaign and the fact that there are no obvious similarities with already known campaigns at ...

  • Threat landscape for industrial automation systems. H1 2020

    September 24, 2020

    Beginning in H2 2019 we have observed a tendency for decreases in the percentages of attacked computers, both in the ICS and in the corporate and personal environments. In H1 2020 the percentage of ICS computers on which malicious objects were blocked has decreased by 6.6 percentage points to 32.6%. The number was highest in Algeria (58.1%), ...

  • Critical Industrial Flaws Pose Patching Headache For Manufacturers

    September 23, 2020

    While patch management already presents challenges for enterprises, it’s even more of a headache for manufacturers and other industrial firms – who may even need to shut down entire factory operations in order to apply fixes. Sharon Brizinov, the principal vulnerability researcher with Claroty, has discovered and reported various security flaws in industrial control systems (ICS), ...

  • A Blind Spot in ICS Security: The Protocol Gateway [Part 3] What ICS Security Administrators can Do

    September 23, 2020

    A protocol gateway is a small network device, also called a “protocol converter” or “IoT gateway.” It is similar to an “interpreter” in the digital word, and acts as a communications intermediary between different protocols. As the integration of networks accelerates with IoT, protocol conversion grows increasingly important. However, the security of protocol gateways has ...

  • The State of Industrial Cybersecurity 2020

    September 15, 2020

    In 2020 ARC Advisory Group on behalf of Kaspersky conducted a survey on the state of industrial cybersecurity, as well as the current priorities and challenges of industrial organizations. More than 330 industrial companies and organizations across the globe were surveyed online and 10 industry representatives were interviewed at trade fairs and ARC forums worldwide. This ...

  • A Blind Spot in ICS Security: The Protocol Gateway [Part 2] Vulnerability Allowing Stealth Attacks on Industrial Control Systems

    September 14, 2020

    A protocol gateway is a small network device, also called a protocol converter” or “IoT gateway.” It is similar to an “interpreter” in the digital word, and acts as a communications intermediary between different protocols. As the integration of networks accelerates with IoT, protocol conversion grows increasingly important. However, the security of protocol gateways has not ...

  • Strategic investment to secure smart factories

    September 9, 2020

    Security is undergoing a digital transformation in the manufacturing industry. As the fusion of the cyber world and the physical world progresses, various security issues are mounting. Manufacturing executives must view security as a management issue, not as a system issue. Is cyber security a cost or an investment? Trend Micro has published an ebook that focuses ...

  • Cyberthreats for ICS in Energy in Europe. Q1 2020

    September 4, 2020

    Computers in European countries which are used to configure, maintain and control equipment in the energy industry on which Kaspersky products are installed. This includes Windows computers on which various software packages for the energy industry are installed, including but not limited to human-machine interface (HMI), OPC gateway, engineering, control and data acquisition software. Overall, in ...

  • A Blind Spot in ICS Security: The Protocol Gateway [Part 1] – Importance of the Protocol Gateway

    September 1, 2020

    A protocol gateway is a small network device, also called a “protocol converter” or “IoT gateway.” It is similar to an “interpreter” in the digital word, and acts as a communications intermediary between different protocols. As the integration of networks accelerates with IoT, protocol conversion grows increasingly important. However, the security of protocol gateways has ...

  • Bugs in HDL Automation expose IoT devices to remote hijacking

    August 8, 2020

    A security researcher discovered vulnerabilities in an automation system for smart homes and buildings that allowed taking over accounts belonging to other users and control associated devices. In a presentation on Saturday at the IoT Village during the DEF CON hacker conference, Barak Sternberg shows how some weak spots in the HDL automation system could have ...