Four months later and more than 1, miles away in Mumbai, India, trains shut down and the stock market closed as the power went out in a city of 20 million people. The study shows that as the standoff continued in the Himalayas , taking at least two dozen lives , Chinese malware was flowing into the control systems that manage electric supply across India, along with a high-voltage transmission substation and a coal-fired power plant. The flow of malware was pieced together by Recorded Future, a Somerville, Mass. It found that most of the malware was never activated. While it has notified Indian authorities, so far they are not reporting what they have found. The discovery raises the question about whether an outage that struck on Oct.
The alert is the latest in a series of warnings from cybersecurity firms across the world about hackers exploiting interest in the coronavirus disease pandemic to lure people into clicking on fake login pages or downloading malicious files that could create a backdoor in their computers. Some of the other emails may pretend to be from authorities and offer people to sign-up for free Covid testing. It was unclear how the email addresses of the Indian targets were compromised. The analysis carried purported screenshots of some of the phishing emails, which showed the text appeared to be signed by government officials. The mails could be sent through spoofed addresses — one of the addresses it could be from is ncov gov.
Cyberterrorism is the use of the Internet to conduct violent acts that result in, or threaten, loss of life or significant bodily harm, in order to achieve political or ideological gains through threat or intimidation. It is also sometimes considered an act of Internet terrorism where terrorist activities, including acts of deliberate, large-scale disruption of computer networks , especially of personal computers attached to the Internet by means of tools such as computer viruses , computer worms , phishing , and other malicious software and hardware methods and programming scripts. Cyberterrorism is a controversial term. Some authors opt for a very narrow definition, relating to deployment by known terrorist organizations of disruption attacks against information systems for the primary purpose of creating alarm, panic, or physical disruption. Other authors prefer a broader definition, which includes cybercrime.