Could critical infrastructure attacks be making a comeback? Or did these invisible threats never leave in the first place? Extensive research reveals that as many as four threat actors many have been involved in creating Stuxnet, the sophisticated computer worm that demolished Iran’s nuclear infrastructure in 2007. In light of recent discoveries about similarities in malware samples, cyberespionage appears to be a growing threat that can hide for years before its discovered.
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Key infrastructures are in the crossfire of cyberwarfare. Growing threats and sophisticated nation-state attacks backed by North Korea, China and Russia jeopardize public safety and national security. Which one is the bigger threat?
Critical national infrastructures such as the energy sector, public transportation, commercial facilities, government and defense, and medical services, among others, have been under attack in recent years, following a large volume of security vulnerabilities and a lack of encryption.
In 2015, Russian hackers shut down Ukraine’s electrical grid after infecting the infrastructure with malware. It was only a matter of time until they would target the US power system. As of 2016, US critical operational infrastructures have been under siege by "Russian government cyber actors," as described by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.