Digital Footprint Intelligence Report

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, Read More …

Foxconn electronics giant hit by ransomware, $34 million ransom

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 Read More …

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

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 Read More …

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

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, Read More …

Manufacturing is becoming a major target for ransomware attacks

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 Read More …

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

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 Read More …

Strategic investment to secure smart factories

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 Read More …

Forward-looking security analysis of smart factories [Part 4] – MES database compromises

If I had to describe the role of the MES (Manufacturing Execution System) in a single phrase, it would be “manufacturing playmaker.” As I mentioned in the previous column, the manufacturing process is divided into multiple layers, and the system Read More …