South Korea Partially Paralyzed In Latest Cyber Attack

By Robert Vamosi | 3/20/13 5:13 AM

On Wednesday, banks and top TV broadcasters in South Korea mysteriously crashed midday.

Speculation centers around a cyber attack from North Korea, just days after that country said it no longer honors the armistice signed over 50 years ago separating the two Koreas. The United Nations and others are seeking to punish North Korea for its latest round of nuclear tests.

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Conflicting Accounts On Source Of ARAMCO Hack

By Robert Vamosi | 10/30/12 5:08 AM

Attribution is difficult, and that remains true with the latest crop of malware affecting Industrial Control Systems.

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Reuters: Saudi Oil Cyber Attack Used Insiders

By Robert Vamosi | 9/7/12 3:42 AM

A recent burst of cyber attacks directed at Middle Eastern oil companies may have been aided from the inside.

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DHS: Cyber Attack Targeting Gas Pipeline Companies

By Robert Vamosi | 5/7/12 6:38 AM

According the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), US natural gas pipeline companies are under an active cyberattack. This was made public on Friday in a newsletter from the department.

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Code Analysis Says Stuxnet Is a Weapon

By JDavis | 9/21/10 3:42 PM

We previously posted about the "Stuxnet" worm, a complex piece of malware that directed at industrial control systems. But as recently reported on Yahoo News, ongoing investigations into Stuxnet's purpose have revealed much more significant information -- Stuxnet was created as a targeted attack on a specific, industrial target.

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Preparing for International Cyber War

By JDavis | 9/20/10 2:52 PM

A recent article in The Sydney Morning Herald detailed the upcoming "Cyber Storm", an international cyber security drill organized by the US Department of Homeland Security. While details are understandably scarce for reasons of international security, it is the third Cyber Storm drill since 2006.

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Your Smart Grid Security Bill: $3 per Meter

By JDavis | 9/12/10 3:22 PM

A recent Pike Research blog post discusses the first Smart Grid Cyber Security Summit in San Jose, CA as well as the major market opportunities in the smart meter security sector. As posted on Pike Research,

After listening to some of the expert presentations...[t]he refrain was consistent: the current grid, with its hodgepodge industrial control system (ICS) technologies, is highly vulnerable to a cyber attack that could destroy critical generation and T&D assets. Resulting outages could last for weeks, causing economic devastation. Smart grid integration could make it worse. Utility IT staffs with some security knowledge don’t understand ICS, and operations groups that do don’t trust, or even like, the IT groups. Nationally, very few experts (perhaps tens to low hundreds) understand enough ICS and IT to be useful.

However, according to Pike Research, the silver lining is that progress is being made in prioritizing security for the next-generation smart grid, with increased R&D from smart meter vendors as well as support from Congress.

Additionally, Pike Research points out the tremendous market opportunity in the smart meter security sector, forecasting revenue of upwards of $3.00 per meter over the next five years.

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