Malicious activity against ICS affected roughly 47% of Kaspersky protected computers in 2018, a 3% increase from the previous year. Top countries in terms of percentage of ICS computers where Kaspersky detected and blocked malware are Vietnam (70%), Algeria (69.9%), and Tunisia (64.5%), while the most secure countries were Ireland (11.7%), Switzerland (14.9%), Denmark (15.2%), Hong Kong (15.3%), the UK (15.7%), and the Netherlands (15.7%). Kaspersky Lab researcher Kirill Kruglov explained that most ICS attacks are not targeted, but mass-distributed attacks that enter industrial systems by accident.
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Oslo-based Aluminum manufacturer Norsk Hydro was the target of a ransomware attack that forced it to shut down and isolate several of its plants. The company’s IT systems were hit by the LockerGoga ransomware, forcing it to shut down operations and isolate plants in order to contain the attack and stop it from spreading to additional servers and sites. One month later, it is estimated that the company had suffered roughly $41M in losses and has yet to recover completely.
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The personal information of approximately 3.1 million Toyota customers may have been leaked following a breach of multiple Toyota and Lexus sales subsidiaries. Major automotive manufacturer Toyota announced that unauthorized access was detected on computing systems in several locations. It is assumed that the actors behind the attacks are the Vietnamese APT32 group. This attack happened a month after a breach of Toyota Australia’s corporate IT systems, delaying some services and supplies of several dealerships.
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