Monday, February 1, 2016

The SCADA system aren't prepared to respond to attacks

 It's a really difficult thing but the stability of our basic services like light, water or ambulances depend on it. The security of  SCADA systems are more and more questioned and we'll see why. We'll talk about a fulminating attack against the British bank HSBC, how massive is the medical data robbery and an article by the journalist Brian Krebs about Norse security company.

Industrial control systems fail disastrously in the response to incidents according this clarifying article. And the blame isn't only of the owners of these systems, but their great complexity too, which doesn't allow to move easily the responds scheme from the technological pure systems to industrial systems. It´s worth to take a look to it.

DDoS and goodbye bank

Who are also having problems in this hyper connected times are the banks: regular victims of bank trojans, blackmailers and cybernetic fraudsters, they usually suffer DDoS attacks. This is what happened the last week to some British banks and, without knowing the reason, HSBC fell on its knees, shutting down its online banking service for a few hours. We we announced that the same Friday on the afternoon, when we knew, here and in our Twitter account.

Data robbery a go go

But nobody is safe here , nor banks, nor critical companies and ordinary people neither . According to the Bitglass company, in 2015 one in three north Americans saw how their medical data was stolen from a digital database. And we are talking about medical and financial data, because the most part of the robbery source were insurers which save the medical and the financial data together. Curiously, we read the other day that in the black market the medical data is more expensive that the financial data.

Norse Corp is sinking

We finish with a investigation new by the journalist Brian Kerbs, about the cybersecurity company Norse Corp., which you may know by its real time attack maps. According to Krebs, Norse has fired its chief executive and the 30% of its personnel. The rest of the employees have been warned that starting today they can go to the office but nobody ensures they'll be paid.

Will the Norse case be the beginning of the end of the cybersecurity sector bubble? We'll see and, as always, we'll talk about it. We wish you a good weekend.


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