A Microsoft Warning, Follina, Atlassian, and More


There’s no such thing as a slow week for cybercrime, which means that covering the waterfront on all of the threat intelligence and interesting stories out there is a difficult, if not impossible, task. This week was no exception and, in fact, seemed to offer a veritable trove of important happenings that we would be remiss not to mention.

To wit: Dangerous malware campaigns! Info-theft! YouTube Account Takeovers! Crypto under siege! Microsoft warnings!

In light of this, Dark Reading is debuting a weekly “in case you missed it” (ICYMI) digest, rounding up important news from the week that our editors just didn’t have time to cover before.

This week, read on for more on the following, ICYMI:

  • Smart Factories Face Snowballing Cyberactivity
  • Lazarus Group Likely Behind $100M Crypto-Heist
  • 8220 Gang Adds Atlassian Bug to Active Attack Chain
  • Critical Infrastructure Cyber Pros Feel Hopeless
  • Hacker Impersonates TrustWallet in Crypto Phishing Scam
  • Cookie-Stealing YTStealer Takes Over YouTube Accounts
  • Follina Bug Used to Spread XFiles Spyware

Smart Factories Face Snowballing Cyberactivity

A whopping 40% of smart factories globally have experienced a cyberattack, according to a survey out this week.

Smart factories – in which industrial Internet of things IIoT) sensors and equipment are used to reduce costs, obtain telemetry, and bolster automation – are officially a thing, with the digitization of manufacturing well underway. But cyberattackers are taking notice too, according to Capgemini Research Institute.

Among sectors, heavy industry faced the highest volume of cyberattacks (51%). Those attacks take many forms, too: 27% of firms have seen an increase of 20% or more in bot-herders taking over IIoT endpoints for distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks; and 28% of firms said they have seen an increase of 20% or more in employees or vendors bringing in infected devices, for instance.

“With the smart factory being one of the emblematic technologies of the transition to digitization, it is also a prime target for cyberattackers, who are scenting new blood,” according to the report.

At the same time, the firm also uncovered that in nearly half (47%) of organizations, smart factory…

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