The US FBI on Wednesday issued a private industry notification warning the food and agriculture sector that it's under active attack by ransomware gangs. There's nothing particularly distinctive about the criminals' approach to organizations in this sector; the tactics and techniques they employ are familiar. But it's a sector not accustomed to thinking of itself as a high-priority criminal target. The Record elaborates on one of the cases mentioned in the FBI's warning: a US farm lost $9 million when a ransomware attack disrupted its operations.
KrebsOnSecurity notes the "low and slow," and lucrative, approach one criminal gang has taken to fraud, compromising about a hundred-thousand email inboxes daily. They're selective in their take, scanning for emails related to gift cards and customer loyalty programs, both of which have a useful resale value in criminal markets.
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid promised closer investigation of NSO Group's intercept tool exports, SecurityWeek reports.
The White House at its regular press conference yesterday reinforced warnings given earlier this week by the US FBI and CISA to the effect that the nation should be on heightened alert for cyberattacks, especially ransomware attacks, over the Labor Day long weekend. The US Government here seems to be betting on form as opposed to basing its warning on specific intelligence. Deputy National Security Adviser Neuberger said that while there were no specific indications of attacks, criminals in particular have a track record of taking advantage of the reduced staffing and relaxed vigilance that often accompany holidays.