Could home appliances knock down power grids?

Far-fetched though it may sound, the answer is yes, according to researchers, who show that electrical grids and smart home appliances could make for a dangerous mix. Cybercriminals could rope internet-connected household appliances into a botnet in order to manipulate the demand side of the power grid and, ultimately, cause anything from local outages to large-scale blackouts, … More Could home appliances knock down power grids?

Security event in Taiwan ‘rewards’ quiz winners with malware-laden USB drives

It was, literally and otherwise, more stick than carrot for some winners of a recent data-security contest in Taiwan, who must have been stuck for words after their prizes turned out to be malware-riddled USB sticks. The country’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) handed out 250 USB thumb drives to members of the public who had … More Security event in Taiwan ‘rewards’ quiz winners with malware-laden USB drives

Polish airline LOT grounded by ‘first attack of its kind’

Hackers are being blamed for an attack which grounded 1,400 passengers set to fly on Polish airline LOT. The passengers were waiting to fly from Warsaw’s Frederic Chopin Airport when the attack occurred at around 4:00 pm (1500 GMT). The airline’s ground operations system was knocked offline by the targeted attack, which led to the … More Polish airline LOT grounded by ‘first attack of its kind’

No, Bank of Ireland isn’t running a routine security check on your account

ESET Ireland warns that Irish computers are being targeted by an email scam involving the name of the Bank of Ireland and redirecting to a fraudulent Polish address. ESET Ireland is regularly monitoring email scams targeting Irish mailboxes. In the past few days we have seen an increased frequency of the following message: Subject:      … More No, Bank of Ireland isn’t running a routine security check on your account

Have botnet, will travel: Polish consulates in Belarus under cyberattack

Belarusians who wish to obtain a visa need to fill out a form to schedule an appointment at the consulate. The form needs to be filed on specific dates (for example, the applications for January 2015 were scheduled for December 20th and 21st) and the number of available appointments is very limited. According to multiple … More Have botnet, will travel: Polish consulates in Belarus under cyberattack

Back in BlackEnergy*: 2014 Targeted Attacks in Ukraine and Poland

A large number of state organisations and private businesses from various industry sectors in Ukraine and Poland have been targeted in recent attacks using malware designed for network discovery and remote code execution, and for collecting data from targets’ hard drives. What makes these attacks interesting – aside from the tense current geopolitical situation in … More Back in BlackEnergy*: 2014 Targeted Attacks in Ukraine and Poland