Summer break! As the North Americas sets in for a summer break, OT, ICS, SCADA, and Manager Service Providers (MSP) across the nations face the threat of increasing volumes of cyberattacks targeting their most vulnerable operational processes. Instances have been recorded where operations had to be taken offline and suffer downtime to engage and mitigate the damages caused by a cyber incident. This trend is likely to continue until the mid-week of August. IoT devices are no exceptions to such attacks, most of the IoT are converted to rogue bots that are used to carry out botnet attacks that are geopolitically motivated.
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We recommend our readers in the Americas conduct a thorough assessment that can help identify any latent malwares embedded in your network. Additionally, we also recommend that if you already do not have a real-time inventory of all your connected devices in the network, watch out for any addition or subtraction in your inventory as malicious threat actors mask their presence to further infiltrate and carry out cyberattacks at a massive scale.
Highly targeted spear phishing campaigns are currently active in cyberspace with additional fraudulent activities supporting such activities. All individuals should be cautious of any suspicious emails and nefarious activities.
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In the APAC and Europe – Middle East region, inflation coupled with heightened geopolitical conflicts is likely to be an early indicator that cyberattacks are only expected to rise in multifold. Manufacturers, BFSI, Oil and Gas, Maritime, Critical Utilities, and Healthcare segments must have their shields up for the months ahead. Increasing attacks targeting critical infrastructure and publically facing government websites in order to defame/cast out a statement of their capabilities. We recommend that SecOps and threat hunting teams leverage the right threat intelligence feeds to ward off cyber threats in advance.
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