Weekly threat monitor: July 14th, 2022

As the crippling economic sanctions imposed upon nations such as North Korea, Russia, Iran, and China continue to ramp up, a trend in rising cyberattacks and budding threat actors is on the rise. This minacious trend is expected to grow at an alarming rate with the recent crash in the crypto market. With avenues of reliable incomes narrowing down, the BFSI sector is again brought on to the spotlight, as attacks primarily budding from the APAC are at their all-time high. We recommend all in the region, steer clear of spear phishing campaigns by ramping up threat hunting capabilities. Manufacturing, critical utilities, and enterprises should also have their shield up as ransomware attacks on such industries often derive higher ransom payouts considering the critical nature of such businesses.

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Data breaches, plug-and-play cyberattack toolkits, and active recruiters for freelancers are an active swing on the rise on the dark web, we urge all to patch any known vulnerabilities, conduct thorough audits, and cross analyze for changes from your previous scans that help identify security gaps that may have been overlooked to get started with. We recommend energy and manufacturing industries in the EMEA region and the Americas prioritize security in their converged environments consisting of a complex mix of technologies such as IT-OT, OT, HMIs, PLCs, and industrial control systems.

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Weekly advisory

Segments under this list must be on high alert in the coming weeks:
  • Banks and Financial Services
  • Oil and gas
  • Manufacturing
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Supply chains
  • Energy Sector
  • Water and wastewater treatment facilities
  • Utility entities
  • Maritime agencies
  • Healthcare
  • Government Agencies

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