The systems we rely on to keep the lights on, heat our homes, make our medicines and move our goods are increasingly connecting to the Internet, and increasingly vulnerable to devastating cyber attacks in what a new report calls a looming “global crisis.”
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The majority of security professionals expect a major and imminent attack on critical infrastructure in the next several years and blame the largely unsecured Internet of Things (IoT) for the increased risk in the sector, according to a report by IoT security firm Pwnie Express.
Recent attacks on the third-party data system of several U.S. pipeline companies highlight the persistent need for better ways to secure industrial control systems (ICSs), particularly when third-party software is in use, security experts said.
The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI on Thursday warned that the so-called “Dragonfly” hackers linked to the government of Russia are engaged in a “multi-stage intrusion campaign” against U.S. critical infrastructure, including the energy, nuclear, aviation and manufacturing sectors.
A new joint FBI-DHS report dishes the dirt on recent sophisticated attacks targeting the US energy grid and critical infrastructure, saying third party firms and web sites to gain access to energy and other critical infrastructure networks. It also names a sophisticated hacking group believed to be linked to the government of Russia.