CyberScoop reports that more hacktivist operations, including GhostSec and Team OneFist, have been claiming cyberattacks against operational technology networks amid the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war in a bid to gain public attention.
Even though most hacktivists' OT attack claims were either false or exaggerated, increased targeting by such actors may raise the prevalence of actual and significant OT incidents, according to a report from Mandiant.
"The risk is higher for organizations that are perceptibly associated with political events or social disputes based on geographic location, nationality, language, or industry of relevance," said Mandiant.
The report also showed that simpler attacks, including denial-of-service intrusions and website attacks, have been initially favored by hacktivist operations but Daniel Zafra, Mandiant analysis manager at Google Cloud, noted that the Russia-Ukraine war has prompted groups to amplify their capabilities.
The ongoing conflict has also resulted in state-sponsored threat actors impersonating hacktivist operations against OT networks in an effort to conceal malicious activity, Zafra added.
CNN reports that major U.S. voting equipment vendors Election Systems & Software, Unisyn, and Hart InterCivic have taken part in a new cybersecurity testing program that would subject election systems to cybersecurity stress tests ahead of next year's polls in an effort to combat false election rigging claims during the 2020 election.
Kansas city disrupted by cyberattack Officials at the City of Pittsburg, Kansas have confirmed that its government phone, email, and online payment systems have been impacted by a cyberattack identified over the weekend, according to The Record, a news site by cybersecurity firm Recorded Future.