Ransomware and Resilience: Protecting Critical Infrastructures in the Digital Age
November 9, 2023
By Orly Koren
In today’s interconnected world, one of the areas that are particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks is critical infrastructure.
Critical infrastructure refers to the systems and assets that are essential to the functioning of a society and its economy, such as energy, transportation, healthcare, water supply, financial institutions and more. As technology advances, so do the vulnerabilities and threats that can jeopardize these essential systems. According to a recent study, in 2022, there was a 140% surge in high-impact attacks on critical infrastructure.
Let’s explore some of the more notable cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure in the recent years:
The pipeline, which supplied over 45% of the East Coast’s gas, diesel, and jet fuel, was forced to shut down its operations entirely, causing fuel shortages across the eastern seaboard and states of emergency to be declared in four states. It took the pipeline 11 days to partially recover after the company ended up paying $5 million dollars in ransom.
Had the attack been successful, civilians would further overload hospitals, farmers would destroy their crops, and further implications would ravage the country during the peak of Covid-19 pandemic.
Unlike the attack on in Israel, this attack was successful. The unknown hacker managed to raise the lye content in the water supply from 100 parts per million (ppm) to 11,100 ppm! Thankfully, before any damage was done, an engineer noticed this substantial increase and decreased the lye count back to its normal level.
The Triton Malware Attack nearly caused a massive explosion. It was discovered in a Saudi petrochemical plant and allowed hackers to take over the plant’s safety systems. According to an FBI warning, the Triton malware remains a threat to the global energy sector even today, 5 years after the incident.
More recently, they hit numerous European hospitals, including the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands with massive DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, crashing their websites. They have also taken down Lithuania’s power grid, and struck over a dozen US airports, canceling flights and disrupting operators.
Protecting Critical Infrastructures from Cyber Threats
Given the high stakes, safeguarding critical infrastructures from cyber threats is a top priority! It is not an option but a necessity to ensure public safety, economic stability, and national security. The proactive adoption of robust cybersecurity measures, combined with collaboration and continuous alerts, is essential against the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats.
Critifence provides unique cyber security solutions designed for critical infrastructure, SCADA and Industrial Control Systems which allow to passively monitor and control OT networks.
The SCADADome XDR Platform (SXP) is a new generation of cyber security technology that provides a multilayered defense ability designed to correlate between operation and security teams of the OT and IT networks, using different techniques such as machine-process learning, anomaly detection and hybrid data sources.
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