Cyber-attacks are a serious threat to individuals, businesses, and governments alike. They can come from state-sponsored cyber-warfare units or from hacktivist groups. Cyberthreat News offers daily coverage of the latest cyber-attacks and information on how to stay safe. Cyber-attacks often involve the theft of personal information, so it’s crucial to protect your personal data.
Cyber-physical attacks can target vital infrastructure, including transportation systems, water treatment facilities, and electrical grids. Even multi-billion-dollar military systems are susceptible to cyber-attacks. This growing problem requires constant awareness and vigilance. Fortunately, there are a number of proactive steps that companies can take to address cyber-attack risks.
In August 2022, the Greek national gas distributor DESFA was attacked by a group suspected of stealing sensitive data. The attack impacted a portion of the company’s IT infrastructure and caused the theft of data. Cybercriminals threatened to publish the stolen data unless the company paid a ransom.
Cyber-attacks have become increasingly sophisticated. Cyber-criminals have learned to manipulate machine learning to craft convincing fake messages. Once inside the organization, they can steal passwords, credit card details, and private data. The attackers can also compromise organizations’ systems and networks. Ultimately, these attacks can lead to data breaches and financial losses.
The Iranian government’s Cyber Police department was dismissed one year after it was set up. This is because of a blogger’s death in custody. Iran’s Cyber Defense Command is under the Joint Staff of the Armed Forces. Another cyber-attack impacted Saudi Aramco. The company’s website went offline for four days until the company was able to recover. This attack was also the result of a zero-day vulnerability in a Microsoft Exchange server. This vulnerability has led to the emergence of more hacking groups that target unpatched systems.