The threat situation for industrial control systems remains elevated

Streaming-Dienste wieder verstärkt im Visier von Cyberkriminellen

According to US authorities, Russian threat actors have sophisticated tools that could allow them to take control of control systems of critical infrastructure.

Morgan Wright, Senior Security Advisor at SentinelOne

The enormous risk potential is due to the fact that the control and monitoring systems (ICS / SCADA) of several manufacturers could be affected by this hostile takeover, emphasizes the current warning of the US cybersecurity agency CISA.

This affects systems from Schneider Electric and Omron, as well as servers with the Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture (OPC UA). The hackers find the appropriate tools on the Internet, then they are able to compromise the industrial control systems and finally take control. This approach allows the attackers to paralyze extremely critical machines or functions with their sophisticated cyber weapons.

Those who believed that Russia was too busy invading Ukraine to continue its offensive cyber operations were seriously mistaken. It can be assumed that a low-intensity conflict in cyberspace will continue to be deliberately waged in order to remain below the threshold that would justify a greater response from Germany and / or NATO.

The attacks on industrial control systems (ICS) are in line with intelligence efforts aimed at identifying and ultimately massively disrupting the vulnerabilities of networks of various types of energy. An example of this is the attack by Russia on a large hydroelectric power station in Ukraine on December 23, 2015. The result was a power outage for over 750,000 households. This was not the first attack by Russia on ICS or a power plant. And it will not have been the last either.

The course of the war so far and the pattern of cyber attacks lead to the assumption that Russia and threat actors with connections to Russia will continue to find and exploit vulnerabilities in critical industrial systems. Countries and companies that support Ukraine either directly or indirectly through some kind of aid are particularly threatened by these attacks.

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