Transportation


  • Malaysia Airlines suffers data security ‘incident’ spanning nine years

    March 2, 2021

    Malaysia Airlines has suffered a data security “incident” that compromised personal information belonging to members of its frequent flyer programme, Enrich. The breach is purported to have occurred at some point during a period that spans almost a decade and involves a third-party IT service provider. The airline had sent out an emailer to Enrich members ...

  • New South Wales’ Transport agency extorted by ransomware gang after Accellion attack

    March 1, 2021

    The transport system for the Australian state of New South Wales has suffered a data breach after the Clop ransomware exploited a vulnerability to steal files. Transport for NSW is New South Wales’ transport system in charge of the buses, ferries, regional air operators, and cargo transportation. Last week, Transport for NSW disclosed that their agency suffered ...

  • Kia Motors America suffers ransomware attack, $20 million ransom

    February 17, 2021

    Kia Motors America has suffered a ransomware attack by the DoppelPaymer gang, demanding $20 million for a decryptor and not to leak stolen data. Kia Motors America (KMA) is headquartered in Irvine, California, and is a Kia Motors Corporation subsidiary. KMA has nearly 800 dealers in the USA with cars and SUVs manufactured out of West ...

  • Cybersecurity Risks of Connected Cars

    February 16, 2021

    As the use of connected cars becomes more common, the technologies that power or support these vehicles continue to evolve. This provides a host of benefits, but just like any other technology, this new territory comes with some risks. In our paper, we add some substantial information to our research from last year, in order ...

  • Cybersecurity Challenges for the European Railways

    February 15, 2021

    The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) released in November 2020 its “Cybersecurity in Railways” report to raise awareness about the cybersecurity challenges facing Europe’s railways. The report identifies the current cybersecurity status and challenges as well as proposes cybersecurity measures to combat these challenges and enhance the sector’s security posture. The report is based ...

  • 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 ...

  • A Chinese hacking group is stealing airline passenger details

    January 20, 2021

    A suspected Chinese hacking group has been attacking the airline industry for the past few years with the goal of obtaining passenger data in order to track the movement of persons of interest. The intrusions have been linked to a threat actor that the cyber-security has been tracking under the name of Chimera. Believed to be operating ...

  • U.S. National Cybersecurity Plan Promises to Safeguard Maritime Sector

    January 18, 2021

    The U.S Government released on January 5, 2021, a cybersecurity plan to secure the nation’s maritime sector against cybersecurity threats that could endanger national security. The Maritime Cyber Environment With International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) mandate “to ensure that cyber risks are appropriately addressed in existing safety management systems” and the increasing number of cyber-attacks against maritime and ...

  • 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 ...

  • Ransomware attack cripples Vancouver public transportation agency

    December 4, 2020

    A ransomware attack has crippled the operations of TransLink, the public transportation agency for the city of Vancouver, Canada. The attack took place this week, on December 1, and has left Vancouver residents unable to use their Compass metro cards or pay for new tickets via the agency’s Compass ticketing kiosks. TransLink initially passed the incident as ...

  • 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 ...

  • xHunt Campaign: Newly Discovered Backdoors Using Deleted Email Drafts and DNS Tunnelling for C2

    November 9, 2020

    The xHunt campaign has been active since at least July 2018 and we have seen this group target Kuwait government and shipping and transportation organizations. Recently, we observed evidence that the threat actors compromised a Microsoft Exchange Server at an organization in Kuwait. We do not have visibility into how the actors gained access to ...

  • When Threat Actors Fly Under the Radar: Vatet, PyXie and Defray777

    November 6, 2020

    As security practitioners, Palo Alto Unit 42 researchers spend a lot of time focusing on the threat actors and malware families that leverage the most impactful exploits or affect the highest number of victims. But what happens when a threat actor goes “low and slow” to fly under the radar? One could argue that, in ...

  • Montreal’s STM public transport system hit by ransomware attack

    October 21, 2020

    Montreal’s Société de transport de Montréal (STM) public transport system was hit with a RansomExx ransomware attack that has impacted services and online systems. On October 19th, STM suffered an outage that affected its IT systems, website, and customer support. While these outages did not affect the operation of buses or metro systems, people with disabilities who ...

  • Fairfax County schools hit by Maze ransomware, student data leaked

    September 12, 2020

    Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the 10th largest school division in the US, was recently hit by ransomware according to an official statement published on Friday evening. The school district is also the largest in the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Area and it has a budget of $3.1 billion approved for 2021. FCPS has over 188,000 current students and ...

  • Airline DMARC Policies Lag, Opening Flyers to Email Fraud

    August 19, 2020

    More than half of global airlines do not have DMARC policies in place, opening their customers up to email fraud attacks, a new report found. DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance) is considered the industry standard for email authentication to prevent attackers from sending mails with counterfeit addresses. It does so by authenticating the sender’s ...

  • The Cybersecurity Blind Spots Of Connected Cars

    August 18, 2020

    Technology has accelerated the pace in which vehicles provide mobility and convenience. Nowadays, it’s common for connected cars to let their users have instant access to navigation and traffic data, play desired media content, and get up-to-the-minute weather and collision alerts, among other capabilities — thanks to connected technologies such as vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication and ...

  • World’s largest cruise line operator Carnival hit by ransomware

    August 17, 2020

    Cruise line operator Carnival Corporation has disclosed that one of their brands suffered a ransomware attack over the past weekend. Carnival Corporation is the largest cruise operator in the world with over 150,000 employees and 13 million guests annually. The cruise line operates under the brands Carnival Cruise Line, Costa, P&O Australia, P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, ...

  • CWT Travel Agency Faces $4.5M Ransom in Cyberattack, Report

    July 31, 2020

    CWT, a giant in the corporate travel agency world with a global clientele, may have faced payment of $4.5 million to unknown hackers in the wake of a ransomware attack. Independent malware hunter @JAMESWT tweeted on Thursday that a malware sample used against CWT (formerly known as Carlson Wagonlit Travel) had been uploaded to VirusTotal on ...

  • FBI warns of Netwalker ransomware targeting US government and organisations

    July 29, 2020

    The FBI has issued a security alert about Netwalker ransomware operators targeting U.S. and foreign government organizations, advising their victims not to pay the ransom and reporting incidents to their local FBI field offices. FBI’s flash alert also provides indicators of compromise associated with the Netwalker ransomware (also known as Mailto) and includes a list of ...