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U.K. Water Supplier Hit with Clop Ransomware Attack

By Elizabeth Montalbano for Threatpost
Tuesday, August 16, 2022

The incident is among a series of attacks on critical infrastructure that will likely continue as threat actors increasingly focus their cybercriminal efforts against systems that people depend on, which also boosts their chances of successfully extorting victims, noted one security professional.

“In the case of financially motivated attacks designed to obtain a ransom, wrongdoers have significantly more chances of getting paid by cruelly exploiting people in extreme need,” observed Ilia Kolochenko, founder of ImmuniWeb and a member of the Europol Data Protection Experts Network, in an email to Threatpost.

The attack in the United Kingdom comes as Europe and other regions are suffering from unprecedented wildfires and catastrophic drought, which can unwittingly bolster the efforts of attacks on critical infrastructure, he said.

“Therefore, [critical infrastructure] operators should prepare for a mounting number of cyber-attacks exacerbated by spiralling natural disasters,” Kolochenko said.

The U.K. attack comes auspiciously on the heels of a dire warning issued by the Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation (CCTI) in June that was focused on water utilities in the United States but could be said of most facilities providing the critical resource. Read Full Article

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