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’Havex’ malware strikes industrial sector via watering hole attacks

Israeli cyber defenders warn of attacks on water supply

Israel’s National Cyber Array issued a notification that cyberattacks have been launched against a variety of water control critical infrastructure targets. The Cyber Array report noted it was informed on April 23 that attacks had been launched on control and control systems of wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations and sewers.  In response the agency is…

Iran maintaining on-going cyber efforts, no response yet to Soleimani killing

Iranian cyberespionage operations are continuing at a steady pace, but so far no reaction has been spotted in response to the January U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani. Almost two months has passed since the Jan. 2, 2020 attack, Secureworks is only noting the continuation of previously implemented espionage operations from Iran/…

Diluted Freedom Act passes House to privacy advocates' dismay

Campaign staffer’s husband arrested for DDoSing former Rep. Katie Hill’s opponent

The husband of a campaign staffer for former Rep. Katie Hill, D-CA., was arrested by the FBI for allegedly launching four DDoS attacks against the former congresswoman’s primary opponent. Arthur Dam was arrested on February 21 by FBI agents and charged with one count of intentionally damaging and attempting to damage a protected computer. In…

Cyberattack hits Las Vegas on opening day of CES

Las Vegas had an unwelcome visitor in the form of a cyberattack that struck early in the morning of January 7 that caused some service interruptions that have since been resolved. On the same day that the massive International CES event kicked off, city officials reported what they called a “cyber compromise” taking place at…

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Epilepsy Foundation files complaint, seeks investigation on Twitter attacks

The Epilepsy Foundation has filed a formal criminal complaint over a series of attacks that transpired on its Twitter feed in November when someone apparently tried to trigger seizures by showing flashing and strobing lights. The attackers used the Foundation’s Twitter handle and hashtags to post GIFs and videos containing flashing lights and strobing effects,…

Pemex claims victory over cyberattack; $4.9 million ransom reportedly demanded

The claim made by the Mexican state-owned petroleum corporation Pemex that it had recovered from a Nov. 10 cyberattack was met with some skepticism, as published reports indicate the attack may be still affecting the company. Pemex stated it had suffered a cyberattack that impacted about five percent of its computer equipment, but managed to…

Indian gov’t confirms cyberattack on nuclear plant

Indian government officials last week confirmed that its Kudankulam nuclear power plant did come under cyberattack. The attack reported to Indian authorities on September 3 by threat analyst Pukhraj Singh on September, but the government did not confirm that the incident took place until last week. North Korea is the likely culprit, according to Avast,…

Avast’s network penetrated, CCleaner targeted again

The Czech-based security firm Avast reported its internal network had been accessed through a temporary and loosely protected VPN profile with compromised credentials . The incident began on September 23 when the company noted suspicious behavior taking place on its network and started an investigation that included Czech national intelligence and cybersecurity assets. It was…

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OpenDocument files now being used in attacks

In a case where a malicious actor may be throwing different attack vectors against a wall to see which sticks and works best, Cisco Talos has found one group using OpenDocument files to bypass a computer’s antivirus protection. Using Microsoft Office files as a launching point for an attack is old hat, but now Cisco…

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