Industrial Security


  • EU, Japan, and the US Conducted Joint Cybersecurity Training

    March 24, 2021

    Early this month, the EU, Japan, and the US recently conducted a joint cybersecurity training program as part of a series of dialogues on digital policies held last February 2021. The dialogues led to an agreement to strengthen the countries’ partnership on issues like platform regulation and industrial research. The training program was developed over the ...

  • Ransomware attack halts production at IoT maker Sierra Wireless

    March 23, 2021

    A multinational manufacturer of Internet of Things (IoT) devices has halted production after falling victim to a ransomware attack. Canadian IoT maker Sierra Wireless says it suffered a ransomware attack against its internal IT systems on March 20, which has led to production being halted at its manufacturing sites. Internal operations have also been disrupted by ...

  • Computer giant Acer hit by $50 million ransomware attack

    March 19, 2021

    Computer giant Acer has been hit by a REvil ransomware attack where the threat actors are demanding the largest known ransom to date, $50,000,000. Acer is a Taiwanese electronics and computer maker well-known for laptops, desktops, and monitors. Acer employs approximately 7,000 employees and earned $7.8 billion in 2019. Yesterday, the ransomware gang announced on their data ...

  • 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 ...

  • Gauging LoRaWAN Communication Security with LoraPWN

    February 19, 2021

    LoRaWAN technology allows organizations to deploy the internet of things solutions at a much lower cost than existing cellular infrastructure solutions. Because of this, enterprises and smart cities around the world have started using LoRaWAN in their operations. As mentioned in the first article of this series, LoRaWAN technology has been used in infrastructure management, ...

  • Industrial Remote Access: Why It’s Not Something to Fear

    February 18, 2021

    Increased uptime? Check. Better access to outside expertise? Check. Improved first-time-fix rate? Check. These are just some of the benefits of industrial remote access. Yet many customers are reluctant to embrace remote access. Not only that, but incidents such as the breach at the Oldsmar water utility might increase organizations’ reluctance to use remote access. Using Oldsmar ...

  • Manufacturing Cybersecurity Case Studies

    February 17, 2021

    Manufacturing is a large industry that plays an important role in the world economy and is closely linked to our daily lives. They produce a variety of products, such as automobiles and semiconductors, industrial equipment, steel, oil, cement, food and pharmaceuticals. Each company has a different environment and different cybersecurity challenges. Trend Micro classifies their ...

  • Hackers steal StormShield firewall source code in data breach

    February 4, 2021

    Leading French cybersecurity company StormShield disclosed that their systems were hacked, allowing a threat actor to access the company’s support ticket system and steal source code for Stormshield Network Security firewall software. StormShield is a French cybersecurity firm that develops UTM (Unified Threat Management) firewall devices, endpoint protection solutions, and secure file management solutions. StormShield’s SNi40 is ...

  • Tesla sues ex-employee over alleged ‘brazen’ theft of confidential code

    January 25, 2021

    Tesla is suing a former member of staff for allegedly stealing confidential information and attempting to cover his tracks in the aftermath. The lawsuit, filed in the US Northern District of California Court, names Alex Khatilov as the alleged perpetrator, a Quality Assurance software engineer. According to Tesla’s complaint, only three days after being hired on December ...

  • Nissan NA source code leaked due to default admin:admin credentials

    January 8, 2021

    Multiple code repositories from Nissan North America became public this week after the company left an exposed Git server protected with default access credentials. The entire collection is around 20 gigabytes large and contains source code for mobile apps and various tools used by Nissan internally for diagnostics, client acquisition, market research, or NissanConnect services. It is ...

  • Digital Footprint Intelligence Report

    December 29, 2020

    The Digital Footprint Intelligence Service announces the results of research on the digital footprints of governmental, financial and industrial organizations for countries in the Middle East region: Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey, UAE, Yemen. The data presented in this report was collected through Kaspersky’s own threat ...

  • Foxconn electronics giant hit by ransomware, $34 million ransom

    December 9, 2020

    Foxconn electronics giant suffered a ransomware attack at a Mexican facility over the Thanksgiving weekend, where attackers stole unencrypted files before encrypting devices. Foxconn is the largest electronics manufacturing company globally, with recorded revenue of $172 billion in 2019 and over 800,000 employees worldwide. Foxconn subsidiaries include Sharp Corporation, Innolux, FIH Mobile, and Belkin. BleepingComputer has been ...

  • 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 ...