21 Mar 2019

Nation-States Have Right to Hack Back, Survey Says

A new Venafi survey taken at RSA 2019 shows that the vast majority of cybersecurity professionals (87%) consider cyber-war a reality and almost 3 out of 4 (72%) experts agree that nation-states may “hack back” in response to a cyberattack targeting critical infrastructure. Alex Hamerstone of TrustedSec expected even more

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19 Mar 2019

Hacked tornado sirens taken offline in two Texas cities ahead of major storm

The latest worrisome example of the vulnerability of critical infrastructure to cyberattacks comes from Texas, where an unknown threat actor last week managed to hack into a total of 30 tornado emergency sirens in two towns, and subsequently set off the alarms in the middle of the night. As a

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12 Mar 2019

Vulnerabilities in industrial Ethernet switches allow for credential theft, denial-of-service attacks

Researchers with Positive Technologies have uncovered serious security vulnerabilities in industrial Ethernet switches manufactured by Moxa. The flaws can enable threat actors to take control of switches through brute-force attacks, or to take switches down by launching denial-of-service attacks. Attacks on the switches can have major consequences since they are

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11 Mar 2019

Triton is the world’s most murderous malware, and it’s spreading

In the summer of 2017, a petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia experienced a worrisome security incident that cybersecurity experts consider to be the first-ever cyberattack carried out with “a blatant, flat-out intent to hurt people.” The attack involved a highly sophisticated new malware strain called Triton, which was capable of

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11 Mar 2019

Venezuela’s Maduro Says Cyber Attack Prevented Power Restoration

In the midst of Venezuela’s presidential crisis, a country-wide blackout that began last Thursday has plunged the nation further into chaos. As of Sunday night, power had not been restored and international experts warned that it could take quite some time before the situation would improve. While international analysts argue

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07 Mar 2019

New CISA director outlines top 5 priorities for protecting U.S. critical infrastructure

Christopher Krebs, the head of the newly formed Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) that is part of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has outlined 5 priorities for how the agency plans to protect critical infrastructure. The first priority is to prevent tech firms from hostile countries such

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26 Feb 2019

Key senators say administration should ban Huawei tech in US electric grid

A coalition of 11 powerful US senators, including the top Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, is urging the US government to ban Huawei technology from the US electric grid. The Senators on Monday sent a letter to Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in which

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25 Feb 2019

Warning Issued Over Attacks on Internet Infrastructure

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has issued a warning about “an ongoing and significant risk” to the Domain Name System (DNS), which plays a key role in determining that web traffic is directed to the correct destinations on the internet. According to ICANN, the threat takes

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30 Jan 2019

Medical devices are woefully insecure. This public-private partnership working to fix that.

The Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council, a public-private partnership of hospitals and medical devices working on critical infrastructure security and resilience, has published a joint security plan document outlining a series of vulnerabilities and needed improvements in the industry. Essentially a “to-do list” for manufacturers, it highlights the current vulnerabilities of

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08 Jan 2019

Pamex adjusts logistics to combat $3 billion/yr in stolen fuel; shortages occur across Mexico

In an effort to reduce gasoline theft, State oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pamex) has changed their distribution methods, resulting in shortages and long lines at refueling stations across 6 states. Fuel theft in the country had risen from around $500,000 USD per year in the early 2000s to around $3

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