Cyber Security


  • Ransomware attack at Mexico’s Pemex halts work, threatens to cripple computers

    November 12, 2019

    A ransomware attack hit computer servers and halted administrative work on Monday at Mexican state oil firm Pemex, according to employees and internal emails, in hackers’ latest bid to wring ransom from a major company. Hackers have increasingly targeted companies with malicious programs that can cripple systems overseeing everything from supply chains to payments to manufacturing, ...

  • Canadian Nunavut government systems crippled by ransomware

    November 5, 2019

    Canadian government IT systems have been forced into lockdown after a successful ransomware attack. On Monday, government officials for the Nunavut region said that over the weekend, a “new and sophisticated type of ransomware” struck the territory. All government services — with the exception of an energy corporation — that rely on access to electronic information stored ...

  • Ransomware hits Spanish companies sparking WannaCry panic

    November 4, 2019

    Two major Spanish companies have been hit by ransomware today. Both infections occurred on the same day, sparking memories of the WannaCry outbreak. Spain was one of the first countries alongside the UK, where the WannaCry ransomware infections were spotted for the first time back on May 12, 2017. Affected at the time were Spanish newspaper El ...

  • Hawaii chosen to test energy grid against cyber security threats

    October 31, 2019

    What would happen if a cyber and/or physical attack knocked out Hawaii’s electric grid? A remote exercise conducted by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation will simulate that scenario on Hawaii’s electric grid, testing where the state’s strength and weaknesses lie in response and recovery. Hawaii was one of four states selected by the National Governors Association to partake in ...

  • Cyber-attack hits Utah wind and solar energy provider

    October 31, 2019

    sPower, a Utah-based renewable energy provider, is in the unenvied posture of holding two unwanted titles. First, the company is the first-ever US provider of solar and wind renewable energy to have been the victim of a cyber-attack. Second, the company is the first US power grid operator that is known to have lost connection with its ...

  • USAF Cyber Unit Launches Effort to Simplify Cyber Systems

    October 30, 2019

    Air Force Cyber, also known as the 16th Air Force, has commenced an effort to boost the efficiency of tools within cyber weapon systems. The 12N12 program, launched in July, seeks to consolidate tools that analysts use to support cyberspace missions by July 1 next year, the U.S. Air Force said Tuesday. “The goal is to reduce the number of applications in ...

  • Industrial Control Systems, Cyber Security and Hygiene

    October 30, 2019

    SamSam, Shamoon, Stuxnet and Triton are just some of the popular viruses that have been targeted at Industrial Control Systems (ICS). They have caused a lot of damage. Triton’s purpose was causing loss of life; now, that is serious. In the IT security environment, we do not hear about cyberattacks causing loss of life but ...

  • Kudankulam nuclear plant confirms malware, denies cyber attack

    October 30, 2019

    The Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) has issued a statement confirming the presence of malware in its system at the Kudankulam nuclear plant. The NPCIL said “identification of malware in NPCIL system was correct” but the affected system was not connected to the main plant system. This after speculation that the nuclear power plant experienced a cyber attack, ...

  • One cyber attack can cost major APAC ports $110B

    October 30, 2019

    One single cyber attack has the potential to cost major Asia-Pacific ports upwards of $110 billion in damages, a figure that is equivalent to half of total losses incurred from global natural disasters last year. This can occur in an “extreme” scenario during which a virus infects 15 major ports across Singapore, China, Japan, South ...

  • Global alliance addresses OT security threats

    October 29, 2019

    The Operational Technology Cyber Security Alliance (OTCSA), a new global alliance focused on cyber security, has been launched. It has been established to help companies address the OT security challenges that continue to put operations, and consequently, business at risk. Cyber-attacks on critical and industrial infrastructure are on the rise, impacting operational reliability and business risk ...