Monthly Threat Update December 2021

Monthly Threat Update December 2021

There were no terrorist attacks in Great Britain this month. However, the Minister of State for Security and Borders re-emphasised the evolving nature of the terrorist threat towards “self-initiated” terrorism, particularly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. An extremist crossbow plot was thwarted in Germany earlier in December, contributing to a recent rise in crossbows and bow-and-arrows featuring in extremist plots across Europe. Following an apparent attempt to assassinate (not terrorism related) Queen Elizabeth II with a crossbow later in the month, a...
Cyber Geopolitical Threat Assessment Q1-Q2 2021

Cyber Geopolitical Threat Assessment Q1-Q2 2021

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY During the past six months, as with the several years preceding them, cyber attacks appear to have grown in impact and volume. Traditionally, the most sophisticated cyber campaigns from critical infrastructure to supply c... This content is subscription only. Log in or sign up for FREE access to our Solutions Centre to gain unlimited access to all our premium content, tools, products, and services in one easy to reach platform. Subscribe...
UPDATE: Oldsmar Water Facility Attack

UPDATE: Oldsmar Water Facility Attack

An initial RFI was completed for Pool Re and submitted on 15 February 2021. The following supplement provides additional insight into the attack and expands on evidence made public since the initial submission. Section 1: Actor Identity and Motivation Due to the seemingly unsophisticated nature of the attack, the most likely circumstance is that the Oldsmar hacker was an amateur actor, likely scrolling Shodan looking for compromised TeamViewer ports on the internet. More may be surmised on the identity of the hacker by analysing the dynamics behind the breach....
Oldsmar Water Facility Attack: Post-Incident Report

Oldsmar Water Facility Attack: Post-Incident Report

Section 1: Incident Report On 5 February 2021, unidentified hackers remotely accessed the water treatment plant of Oldsmar, a small Florida city of 15,000 people in the Tampa Bay area, and briefly changed the levels of lye sodium hydroxide (NaOH) in the drinking water. The quantity of NaOH, a chemical often used in drinking water treatment processes to adjust pH and alkalinity that can be dangerous when present in excessive quantities, was altered from 100 to 11,100 parts per million enough to seriously sicken residents had it reached homes. The attack was...