Snakes in the Greenfield - Ransomware Attacks Escalate in Industrial and Manufacturing

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By Dimitrios Pavlakis | 4Q 2021 | IN-6334


One Year After the Snake's Fangs Sank into Honda's Facilities: What Did We Learn?


It’s been over one year since Honda was targeted by the perilous Snake ransomware attackers in June of 2020, severely disrupting operations, and forcing the company to shut down its automotive manufacturing facilities across Japan and Europe. During the last four years the number of (known) cyberattacks on industrial and manufacturing infrastructure has risen considerably—including ransomware with quite precise extortion objectives for specific types of data (emails, servers, customers, etc.). What are the motivations behind this shift and how ready are the mid and high-tier organizations to tackle cyber-threats? Is a greenfield industrial environment inherently more or less susceptible than the brownfield one?

Cyberattacks are evolving, finding their way into numerous novel markets and applications, especially those that were traditionally under a closed-loop system and jumped onto the digital bandwagon over the last decade. Cybersecurity organizations like the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (…

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