DHS Announces New Cybersecurity Requirements for Critical Pipeline Owners and Operators

WASHINGTON – Today, in response to the ongoing cybersecurity threat to pipeline systems, DHS’s Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced the issuance of a second Security Directive that requires owners and operators of TSA-designated critical pipelines that transport hazardous liquids and Read More …

Oil & Gas Targeted in Year-Long Cyber-Espionage Campaign

A sophisticated campaign targeting large international companies in the oil and gas sector has been underway for more than a year, researchers said, spreading common remote access trojans (RATs) for cyber-espionage purposes. According to Intezer analysis, spear-phishing emails with malicious Read More …

Biden gave Putin list of 16 critical infrastructure entities ‘off limits’ to cyberattacks

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 Read More …

FBI Claws Back Millions of DarkSide’s Ransom Profits

United States law enforcement has clawed back approximately $2.3 million of the ransom allegedly paid to DarkSide by Colonial Pipeline last month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and FBI announced in a joint press conference on Monday. “Today we turned Read More …

DarkSide ransomware servers reportedly seized, operation shuts down

The DarkSide ransomware operation has allegedly shut down after the threat actors lost access to servers and their cryptocurrency was transferred to an unknown wallet. This news was shared by a threat actor known as ‘UNKN’, the public-facing representative of Read More …

Colonial Pipeline paid close to $5 million in ransomware blackmail payment

Colonial Pipeline reportedly paid the ransomware group responsible for a cyberattack last week close to $5 million to decrypt locked systems. On Thursday, Bloomberg reported that two people close to the matter said a blackmail demand was agreed to within Read More …

DarkSide ransomware will now vet targets after pipeline cyberattack

The DarkSide ransomware gang posted a new “press release” today stating that they are apolitical and will vet all targets before they are attacked. Last week, the ransomware gang encrypted the network for the Colonial Pipeline, the largest fuel pipeline Read More …

Colonial Pipeline cyberattack shuts down pipeline that supplies 45% of East Coast’s fuel

Colonial Pipeline, which accounts for 45% of the East Coast’s fuel, said it has shut down its operations due to a cyberattack. The attack highlights how ransomware and other cyberattacks are increasingly a threat to real-world infrastructure. The company delivers Read More …