Cyberattacks are steadily increasing daily, and they are no small matter. Cyberattacks on industrial facilities have reached a new peak and have significant consequences. Firstly, what are cyberattacks? A cyberattack is an attempt by an individual or an organization to breach the information system of another individual or organization. The hacker or attacker gains some benefit from doing this. Moreover, Industrial facilities are the new target for these cyberattacks. The threat actors often attack the Industrial Control Systems (ICS) to carry out these attacks resulting in complete or partial system shutdown of critical facilities, financial loss, health risks and data theft. The following are seven times hackers attacked Industrial facilities using Ransomware and Malware to give you an idea of the size of these acts:
1.CPC Corp. Taiwan-Ransomware:
A ransomware attack is one of the biggest fears of a business. CPC Corp. was hit with a cyberattack in the form of a ransomware attack in May 2020, in which their payment system was affected and shut down. The hackers used a USB flash drive to put a virus into the company’s computer network. This attack put their payment card system into high chaos. This attack was a significant loss for CPC Corp. Taiwan.
2. Colonial Pipeline-Ransomware Attack:
This attack was relatively very recent, in the May of 2021. This ransomware brought the company to a complete halt for a fair few days. This caused an acute fuel shortage, and the price increased significantly. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) was used to enter the company’s network. In exchange for restoring its computer network, the company had to pay a ransom of $4.4 million to the hacker group named DarkSide.
Malware attacks are also increasingly getting common. Malware is short for malicious software, a file or some form of code that infects, explores, steals or conducts virtually any behaviour an attacker wants. In 2012, one of the most significant cyberattacks on industrial facilities occurred. Oil giant Saudi Aramco was the target of a malware attack, whereby the goal of the attacker was to cripple the internal computer network completely. Shamoon is the name of the malware that was transmitted via a scam email to a company’s employee. This virus targeted the 32-bit NT kernel version of Microsoft Windows and wiped out around 35,000 computers in hours.
This attack dates back to 2012. Iranian National Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) discovered a modular computer malware named Viper. It was later renamed Flame by a Russia-based research company. Some of its characteristics include being able to delete sensitive information from infected computers. More so, it also has the ability to turn on the infected system’s internal microphone and even record Skype conversations!
This article guides you on the type and incidences of cyberattacks that turn a business working upside down. Being vigilant about cyber-attacks is significantly essential!