Critical Infrastructure News, Articles and Updates
Updated! As it considers classifying the electoral system as critical infrastructure, the U.S. government has pledged to provide states with federal assistance to help manage voting cyber risks and taking additional steps to quell fears the election this fall could be hacked.
Updated! Iran's Supreme National Cyberspace Council is investigating whether a recent string of oil and petrochemical fires were caused by a cyberattack.
A recent SecurityScorecard study claims America's financial industry is highly susceptible to data breaches, and legacy systems may be to blame.
Acknowledging a shortfall in the pool of cybersecurity talent needed to combat today's increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks, the federal government announced it is actively expanding recruitment.
A report released today by the Institute for Critical Infrastructure Technology warns that China's latest five-year plan is reliant upon the digital theft of Western nations' intellectual property, despite a 2015 Sino-U.S. pact to eliminate cyberattacks against corporate assets.
In the documentary-thriller Zero Days, an anonymous source not only acknowledges that the U.S. and Israel were behind the Stuxnet cyberattack on Iran's Natanz nuclear facility, but also blames Israel for the worm's eventual discovery.
Disconnecting computers used in power plants and electrical grids from the internet is being proposed in a bill before the Senate.
Shades of Stuxnet: Newly found malware can sabotage industrial controls, but only in simulated environmentsJune 06, 2016
FireEye yesterday revealed details of a recently discovered malware, dubbed Irongate, whose properties echo the infamous StuxNet virus, in that it is theoretically designed to manipulate industrial control systems.
Five weeks after its official launch, the Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange is already close to selecting an MSP that will manage the group's new cyberthreat intelligence sharing forum, according to a panel session at SC Congress Toronto on Wednesday.
Atlanta has an ambitious plan to bolster its cybersecurity posture.
The DHS yesterday issued its first-ever US-CERT security alert pertaining to the active exploit of an SAP application, after a security vendor determined 36 organizations were infiltrated via an SAP vulnerability that was disclosed over five years ago.
Tampa International Airport has expedited and expanded an audit of its network security, following the resignation of an IT consultant who was allegedly found to have shared system passwords with unauthorized parties.
A defense authorization bill could split off the U.S. Cyber Command from under the direction of U.S. Strategic Command and the NSA.
The root of the problem with malicious smart city hacking lies in the fact that sensors typically collect 'raw' data and then merely pass it on.
The FBI and DHS has scheduled a series of unclassified webinars and threat briefings across the U.S. addressing the 2015 cyberattack against Ukraine's power grid.
The DHS Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team, or ICS-CERT, has issued security advisories on vulnerabilities in ICS technologies from Eaton Lighting Systems, Pro-face and Rockwell Automation.
The same motivation that has for decades convinced cat burglars to sneak in through open windows and pilfer jewels from the dresser drawers of their sleeping victims moves cybercriminals to slither around in cyberspace to steal data: It's valuable. And easy to get to.
The Department of Homeland Security has declared itself officially ready to exchange cybersecurity intelligence with private industries and other organizations using an automated threat-sharing system, under the terms of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015.
U.S. authorities are reportedly preparing to issue an indictment against Iranian hackers believed to have carried out acyber attack against a New York dam.
There used to be a time when large enterprises, in particular, took pride in the idea of managing all their various and sundry IT functions, every backend process, in-house.
In the first-ever high-level exercise testing the U.S. military's ability to defend against a cyberattack, the NSA in 1997 hacked into the DoD's entire network in just four days, according to a new book by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Fred Kaplan.
Recently, there has been an increased intensity in scrutiny of the world's electric grids, says Edna Conway, CSO, global value chain, Cisco Systems.
An advance persistent threat group has recently been concentrating its efforts on infiltrating Japanese critical infrastructure and key commercial interests, according to cybersecurity firm Cylance.
Before its historic nuclear agreement with Iran, the U.S. had drawn up contingency plans for launching major cyberattacks against the Middle Eastern nation, the New York Times reported.
Trend Micro is reporting that Russian hackers likely attempted to use BlackEnergy malware to attack a mining operation and railway, in addition to taking down two power plants in the Ukraine in December.
More information is being revealed regarding the late December attack on the Ukrainian power grid with reports indicating the attack on the utility was supported by a simultaneous telephonic denial of service (DoS)incident.
A report from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) noted a rise in reported cyberattacks against critical manufacturing organizations during 2015.
A senior U.S. official said the direct connection of the industrial control systems (ICS) handling the country's critical infrastructure networks to the internet has led to an uptick in penetrations during the past year.
A cyberattack on a power plant in the Ukraine "demonstrated planning, coordination and the ability to use malware," says SANS.
Almost half of UK businesses plan to increase their ICT spending this year.
SC Magazine Articles
- Industry pros react to Cisco, Fortinet advisories after possible Snowden NSA leak
- WikiLeaks postings of Turkish emails included active links to malware
- U.S. government extends offer to protect states from electoral cyberthreats
- Cisco shedding 7% of its workforce
- DroidJack attacks delivered through Twilio SMS messages
- Microsoft Office 365 hit with massive Cerber ransomware attack, report
- CEO sacked after aircraft company grounded by whaling attack
- Microsoft warns of new, self-propagating ransomware in the wild
- Wendy's POS breach 'considerably' bigger than first thought
- After NSA leaks, a renewed interest in vulnerability disclosure
- USAA members hit with multiple phishing attacks
- Saving money on security software by improving cyber posture, report
- Two-thirds of IT security pros surveyed expect a breach to hit their company, report
- Epic hack, thousands of salted logins stolen