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US report: High rate of hacking attacks on critical infrastructure globally


 A report issued by the American cybersecurity company Mandiant revealed that attempts to penetrate control systems in critical infrastructure such as the power and water sectors have increased globally by three to five times in the past few years.


The American company confirmed, in its report, that attacks via the Internet have become more severe, so that failed attempts are now a cause for concern, as they targeted controlled infrastructure, such as solar panels, building ventilation, and water supply systems, explaining that the attacks on systems Operational technology has increased since 2015, and the severity of accidents has escalated dramatically.


The report stressed that the hackers likely did not target specific sectors in their low-end attacks on OT systems, because they used search engines to search for any exposed online infrastructure, where unsecured services were often exploited to gain access to remote control systems.


According to a report by the American cybersecurity company "Mandiant", the hackers were politically motivated and few share hacking lessons with others, but some were in it for the money, as the hackers usually tried to gain access through easy-to-use graphical interfaces that allowed them to modify the controls without The need for existing knowledge about operations, as many hackers boasted of their manual work.


One group shared images as evidence that it had entered dozens of control systems in North America, Western and Central Europe and East Asia, including a video of the temperature control system in Dutch. Simply bragging when a hacking group claimed to have disrupted the German-language railroad control system.


The American "Mandiant" report on cyber security warned that access to OT systems remains worrisome, stressing that the more threat actors interact with OT the more dangerous their future activities will be.

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