Looking back at the past 12 months you could be forgiven for thinking that cyber security is about little more than stopping data breaches and ransomware. These two trends have certainly dominated the headlines of late. But there’s another strain of cyber threat, which is potentially far more serious than losing some data – however damaging that might be to a company or individual. I’m talking about attacks on critical national infrastructure (CNI) designed to cause physical damage and disruption. Continue reading →
Yesterday evening French magazine L’Express published a report linking an attack against TV5 Monde very firmly to the Russian state. The attack, which knocked 11 of its global channels off air for a period of time and resulted in a compromised website and Facebook page, took place back in April.
At the time when the attack took place, a group calling itself CyberCaliphate immediately took responsibility for the hack and went on to publish details purportedly of serving French military personnel involved in the struggle against Islamic State or ISIS. The attribution at the time seems simple and immediate; Islamic Extremist motivated hacktivism. Continue reading →
UK law enforcers were in celebratory mood last week after a major co-ordinated strike against cyber criminals across the country. In total, 57 suspects were arrested in 25 separate operations nationwide for a range of offences, from DDoS to phishing and online fraud to malware distribution. One suspect was even arrested on suspicion of hacking US Department of Defence systems. Continue reading →
Trend Micro’s Forward Threat Research team in conjunction with the United States Air Force has uncovered a series of attacks against Israeli and Egyptian targets in a report coined “Operation Arid Viper: Bypassing the Iron Dome.” This attack is leveraging unusual tactics to perpetrate both targeted attacks and cybercrime—it’s being executed by what we characterise as “CyberExtremists.”