This Week in Security News: Robots Running the Industrial World Are Open to Cyber Attacks and Industrial Protocol Translation Gone Wrong

Welcome to our weekly roundup, where we share what you need to know about the cybersecurity news and events that happened over the past few days. Based on research that Trend Micro released during Black Hat USA this past week, read about how some industrial robots have flaws that could make them vulnerable to advanced hackers, as well as the risks related to protocol gateways and how to secure these devices.

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Unveiling the Hidden Risks of Industrial Automation Programming

The legacy programming environments of widely used industrial machines could harbor virtually undetectable vulnerabilities and malware. Trend Micro’s recent security analysis of these environments, presented at Black Hat USA 2020 this week, reveals critical flaws and their repercussions for smart factories.

Top 6 Cybersecurity Trends to Watch for at Black Hat USA 2020

At this year’s Black Hat USA 2020 conference, some of the top trends expected to surface include ransomware, election security and how to protect a remote workforce. Trend Micro’s vice president of cybersecurity, Greg Young, said, “Cybercrime increased rather than slowed down due to the pandemic, as we saw 1 billion more threats blocked in the first half of 2020 compared to 2019.”

Lost in Translation: When Industrial Protocol Translation Goes Wrong

Also presented this week at Black Hat USA, this recent research from Trend Micro examines the risks related to protocol gateways, the possible impact of an attack or wrong translation, and ways to secure these devices.

‘Alarming’ Rate of Cyberattacks Aimed at Major Corporations, Governments and Critical Infrastructure Amid COVID-19: Report

As COVID-19 cases around the U.S. continue to rise, the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) says that governments are seeing an “alarming” rate of cyberattacks aimed at major corporations, governments and critical infrastructure.

Water Nue Phishing Campaign Targets C-Suite’s Office 365 Accounts

A series of ongoing business email compromise (BEC) campaigns that uses spear-phishing schemes on Office 365 accounts has been seen targeting business executives of more than 1,000 companies globally since March. The campaigns target senior positions in the United States and Canada, and the fraudsters, dubbed “Water Nue” by Trend Micro, primarily target accounts of financial executives to obtain credentials for further financial fraud.

Robots Running the Industrial World Are Open to Cyber Attacks

Industrial robots are now being used to assemble everything from airplanes to smartphones, using human-like arms to mechanically repeat the same processes over and over, thousands of times a day with nanometric precision. But according to a new report from Trend Micro, some robots have flaws that could make them vulnerable to advanced hackers, who could steal data or alter a robot’s movements remotely.

Patch Fail Led to Password Leak of 900 VPN Enterprise Servers

Applying a security update to a CVE released more than a year ago could have prevented a hacker from publishing plaintext usernames and passwords as well as IP addresses for more than 900 Pulse Secure VPN enterprise servers. This vulnerability, CVE 2019-11510, was one of the several recently exploited vulnerabilities by Russia’s Cozy Bear, APT29, in an attempt to steal COVID-19 vaccine research.

U.S. Offers Reward of $10M for Info Leading to Discovery of Election Meddling

The U.S. government is concerned about foreign interference in the 2020 election, so much so that it will offer a reward of up to $10 million for anyone providing information that could lead to tracking down potential cybercriminals aiming to sabotage the November vote.

TeamViewer Flaw Could be Exploited to Crack Users’ Password

A high-risk vulnerability in TeamViewer for Windows could be exploited by remote attackers to crack users’ password and, consequently, lead to further system exploitation. CVE-2020-13699 is a security weakness arising from an unquoted search path or element – more specifically, it’s due to the application not properly quoting its custom URI handlers – and could be exploited when the system with a vulnerable version of TeamViewer installed visits a maliciously crafted website.

Black Hat: How Your Pacemaker Could Become an Insider Threat to National Security

Implanted medical devices are an overlooked security challenge that is only going to increase over time. The emerging problem of vulnerabilities and avenues for attack in IMDs was first highlighted by the 2017 case of St. Jude (now under the Abbott umbrella), in which the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a voluntary recall of 465,000 pacemakers due to vulnerabilities that could be remotely exploited to tamper with the life-saving equipment.

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