- Donald E. Hester
Cyber Risk Update 2 DEC 2022
Cyber Risk for Critical Infrastructure
We know that our critical infrastructure will continue to be a top target for digital adversaries. In 2021, according to the FBI, ransomware attacks hit 649 US critical infrastructure entities, and nearly 90% of all US critical infrastructure sectors were hit by a successful ransomware attack. In the past two years alone, 76% of organizations were attacked by ransomware, and 66% experienced at least one software supply chain attack.
Cyber Insurance view on Cyber Risk
The worst is yet to come, cyber insurers say. Insurers have adapted to unrelenting cyberattacks by tightening requirements for policyholders and raising premiums after losses soared in 2020, partly because of a ransomware spike. Still, the biggest risk hasn’t yet materialized: a cyberattack against a company or information services system so important to an economy, or to society as a whole, that it reaches systemic levels. One so big, perhaps, it might take down carriers. Reporter James Rundle dives into the issue, looking at whether it's possible for insurers to cover catastrophic cyberattacks. https://www.wsj.com/articles/cyber-insurers-turn-attention-to-catastrophic-hacks-11669407185
State and Local Governments that were recently hit by a cyber incident
Tehama County, home to the city of Red Bluff, is warning residents that their personal information may have been compromised in the recent breach of the Department of Social Services’ databanks. Recurring proof that we have been prepared and diligent (i.e. "lucky") 100% of the time and the Threat Actors only need to get lucky one time… https://www.govtech.com/security/california-county-warns-of-social-services-data-breach
Vice Society Ransomware Claims Attack on Cincinnati State College https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/vice-society-ransomware-claims-attack-on-cincinnati-state-college/
Vulnerabilities and Threat Actors
The cyber espionage group known as Bahamut has been attributed as behind a highly targeted campaign that infects users of Android devices with malicious Fake VPN apps designed to extract sensitive information. https://thehackernews.com/2022/11/bahamut-cyber-espionage-hackers.html
Over a Dozen New BMC Firmware Flaws Expose OT and IoT Devices to Remote Attacks https://thehackernews.com/2022/11/over-dozen-new-bmc-firmware-flaws.html
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