Critical Infrastructure Under Siege: Western Nations Warn of Pro-Russia Hacktivist Attacks

May 3, 2024
Critical Infrastructure Under Siege: Western Nations Warn of Pro-Russia Hacktivist Attacks
  • US, Canada, and UK government agencies are advising critical infrastructure entities on cybersecurity following pro-Russia hacktivist attacks.

  • The attacks have impacted water and wastewater systems, dams, energy, and food and agriculture sectors by exploiting weak cyber defenses.

  • Hackers have used default passwords and outdated software to manipulate equipment, causing operational disruptions and minor damages.

  • While most incidents have resulted in limited impact, authorities warn that the attackers have the potential to inflict physical harm.

  • Recent false claims of significant damage to a French dam by these hacktivists were exaggerated; the actual target was a small mill.

  • Some hacktivists may be linked to Sandworm (APT44), a Russian government-associated group with a history of disruptive cyber activities.

  • CISA and partner agencies have published a fact sheet with defensive strategies for network operators, OT manufacturers, and at-risk organizations.

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