Dragos this morning publicly released its full report on the EKANS ransomware that has recently afflicted industrial control systems. (EKANS is referred to as “SNAKE” in some sources, “EKANS” being “SNAKE” spelled backwards.)
Australia’s Toll Group, a logistics company that operates a fleet of seven cargo ships, has shut down some systems while it investigates and recovers from a suspected cyberattack, according to industry publication Splash 24/7.
As usually happens with any news story that achieves widespread circulation and considerable penetration into popular consciousness, the coronavirus epidemic continues to be used as phishbait to spread malware. Tech Republic, citing research by both Kaspersky and IBM’s X-Force, reports that emails circulating in Japan and purporting to be from a disability welfare service provider are serving as an infection vector. The inducement to open a malicious Word document attached to the email is the false report that the virus has broken out in three Japanese prefectures.
The Iowa caucuses are the first round in the US Presidential primaries, and they meet today. Although as Politico notes caucus voting is lower-tech than it will be in other contests, Iowa affords the first look at how 2020’s vote will proceed in the face of expected cyber disruption.
The state of West Virginia intends to make casting a ballot by smartphone an option for disabled voters this year, NBC News reports.
Mondaq says that the city of Chicago’s lawsuit against Marriott over the hotel chain’s 2018 data breach has survived a motion to dismiss.