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Vital infrastructure: securing our food and agriculture

I don’t expect to hear any arguments on whether the production of our food is important or not. So why do we hardly ever hear anything about the cybersecurity in the food and agriculture sector? Depending on the country, agriculture makes up about 5 percent of the gross domestic product. That percentage is even bigger in less industrial countries. That amounts to a lot of money. And … [Read more...]

Vital infrastructure: emergency services

Organizations in the emergency services sector are there for the public to provide help when situations get out of hand or are too much to handle. This can be because the problem requires special tools and skills to use them, and the organizations are set up to provide assistance at short notice. We are all familiar with the three main types of organizations that fall in this category: Police … [Read more...]

A week in security (July 15 – 21)

Last week on Malwarebytes Labs, we took an extensive look at Sodinokibi, one of the new ransomware strains found in the wild that many believe picked up where GandCrab left off. We also profiled Extenbro, a Trojan that protects adware; reported on the UK’s new Facebook reporting tool, homed in on new Magecart strategies that render them ‘”bulletproof;” identified challenges … [Read more...]

Compromising vital infrastructure: problems in education security continue

The educational system and many of its elements are targets for cybercriminals on a regular basis. While education is a fundamental human right recognized by the United Nations, the financial means of many schools and other entities in the global educational system are often limited. These limited budgets often result in weak or less-than-adequate protection against cyberthreats. … [Read more...]

Chernobyl’s lessons for critical-infrastructure cybersecurity

This story originally ran on The Parallax on April 26, 2019. CHERNOBYL EXCLUSION ZONE, Ukraine—The stray dog looking directly at me was hard to resist. Her ears perked up, her fur appeared clean—free of mange, at any rate—and she held a large stick firmly between her jaws. She looked like a good dog. She wanted to be petted or, at least, have someone wrestle the stick from her—perhaps throw … [Read more...]

Compromising vital infrastructure: water management

It’s probably unnecessary to explain why water management is considered part of our vital infrastructure, but it’s a wider field than you might expect—and almost every one of its components can be integral to our survival. We all need clean water to drink. As much as I like my coffee, I can’t make it with contaminated liquids. And the farmers that grow our coffee need water to irrigate … [Read more...]