NEWS - May 08, 2012

by Carol~ Moderator - 5/8/12 7:04 AM

Alarm sounded for 'cyber intrusions' against natural gas companies

"Multiple confidential alerts have been issued to bring attention to spear-phishing cyber attacks against targets at U.S. natural gas companies."

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued at least three confidential alerts to warn about "cyber-attacks" against natural gas pipeline sector companies.

The DHS's Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) said an active series of cyber-intrusions started in late December 2011 and continues to be active today.

"Analysis of the malware and artifacts associated with these cyber attacks has positively identified this activity as related to a single campaign," ICS-CERT said in its monthly report (PDF).

"Analysis shows that the spear-phishing attempts have targeted a variety of personnel within these organizations; however, the number of persons targeted appears to be tightly focused. In addition, the e-mails have been convincingly crafted to appear as though they were sent from a trusted member internal to the organization," the group said.


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