CISOs are regularly bombarded with breaking news on advanced nation state espionage campaigns and sophisticated cybercrime heists. From the ongoing machinations of the Kremlin-linked Pawn Storm group to the recently uncovered cyber-bank raid by the MoneyTaker gang, these threats tend to grab all the headlines. But IT security leaders will know that some of their biggest problems come from legacy threats: what we’re calling “Throwhacks”.
Unlike the popular social media trend “Throwback Thursday”, there’s nothing entertaining about this list of legacy security challenges. Organisations need to get a handle on these threats before they start worrying about hackers armed with advanced AI tools.Continue reading →
With all the hype surrounding WannaCry over the past week, it’s easy to forget that organisations are facing a far broader range of threats than ransomware. Targeted attacks on critical infrastructure, particularly SCADA systems, have been on the radar since Stuxnet, but as the attacks on the Ukrainian power grid have shown, they’re still a major cause for concern.
That’s why Trend Micro compiled its latest report, Hacker Machine Interface, focusing specifically on the Human Machine Interface (HMI) displays present in most SCADA set-ups. Unfortunately, we found that a lot more needs to be done to architect more secure systems and to ensure patches are produced and applied swiftly. Continue reading →
Did you know that by 2018, around 1.3 million industrial robots will be set to work in factories around the world? It’s an industry estimated to be worth $32 billion by next year, helping to power a fourth industrial revolution built on smart factories and automated processes. Yet as these robots become increasingly important in a range of industries, they’ll inevitably begin to pique the interest of cybercriminals and nation state hackers. The question is, just how exposed are they to cybersecurity threats, and what can be done about it?
That’s what Trend Micro set out to answer for the first time in a ground-breaking new report: Demonstrating Industrial Robot Attacks in Today’s Smart Factories. Its findings confirm Trend Micro as a leader in industrial IoT security, a message we’ll be taking to the Infosecurity Europe show in June. Continue reading →
Thought you’d seen the last of prolific hacking group Pawn Storm? Think again. Just-published research from Trend Micro reveals fascinating new insights into one of the world’s longest-running cyber espionage groups. As politicians in the US continue to argue over the impact of its audacious campaign against Democratic Party officials last year, Pawn Storm is at it again, attempting to influence public option ahead of major elections in France and Germany.
We’ve discovered multiple phishing domains set up by the group explicitly to target French presidential front-runner Emmanuel Macron and German political organisations allied to two main parties there.
Our report, Two Years of Pawn Storm, reveals a highly organised and sophisticated group whose tactics should make essential reading for any IT security professional looking to improve their organisation’s defences. Continue reading →