Cybercriminals have increased the volume of attacks on the oil and gas industry

Cybercriminals have increased the volume of attacks on the oil and gas industry

Kaspersky Lab experts spoke about attacks by cybercriminals on ICS computers in the first half of 2022. According to the Kaspersky ICS CERT report, attackers are increasingly interested in the oil and gas industry and job automation systems.

The trend described by experts is observed not only in Russia but throughout the world. Kaspersky compared the volume and number of cyberattacks in the same period in 2021.

The researchers note that most often, malware enters ICS computers from the Web. The number of such cyber threats increased significantly in the first six months of 2022: the share of malicious web resources increased by 44%, trojans – by 18%, and dangerous documents – by 80%.

In the Kaspersky ICS CERT report, experts also note that the main problem lies in the devices used by engineers, software developers and administrators, both desktop computers and laptops.

As a rule, such devices have access to the Web, mail and other web services. In parallel, these computers are connected to APCS systems and have elevated privileges in them. Devices from contractors, integrators, etc. can pose the same hazard.

Kaspersky Lab advised enterprises to strengthen the cybersecurity of the technology segment, keeping in mind all the elements of the infrastructure. For these purposes, complex solutions are suitable, which are developed taking into account the peculiarities of industrial enterprises.

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