WannaCry is today's news as well as yesterday's: an infestation of control systems on Monday forced Honda to shut down a production facility in Japan. Traffic cameras in the Australian state of Victoria were also infected—this infestation was traced to a third-party contractor's mistake. The industrial Internet-of-things may be inherently more susceptible to disruption by this strain of ransomware than are conventional IT enterprises.
A Kaspersky study reports that industrial control systems are being infected at disturbingly high rates. Kaspersky also says that IoT devices manufactured in Taiwan and Vietnam are often accompanied by malware.
CrashOverride and its threat to the power grid is receiving attention at the highest levels of the US Government. Europe's power industry is also at work on defenses.
The Queen's Speech in the UK emphasizes data security.
US Congressional hearings on Russian election meddling conclude that many states were prospected, but vote counts were not manipulated. Senator Rubio points out that voter fraud was unnecessary: if the Russian objective was to undermine trust in the system, then mission accomplished. Former Homeland Security Secretary Johnson testified that the Democratic National Committee declined to cooperate with investigators.
Business email scams continue to bite. A New York State judge lost about a million dollars when an email spoofing her attorney induced her to transfer funds to an account in China. The scam was carefully crafted and its victim not notably clueless—the criminals knew she was negotiating the purchase of an apartment and baited the hook accordingly.