Cyber attack on Israeli water-treatment plant is one indication of a rising tide of cyber security issues

June 24, 2020
Cyber attacks coming from China, Russia, and Iran, and a concern is that equipment, coming from China can have built-in back doors or include malware.

MILPITAS, Calif. – When Iran cyber-attacked Israel’s water supply system last April, it did more than just shut down computers and disrupt water system operations. Asia Times reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

24 June 2020 -- The water facility attack was to release large amounts of poisonous chlorine into Israel’s water delivery infrastructure, potentially poisoning tens of thousands of Israelis. It may indicate a growing threat of cyber attack throughout the world.

FireEye, a publicly traded cyber security company in Milpitas, California, determined that the malware developed for this kind of attack came out of Russia and specifically from the Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics, a Russian government-owned technical research institution in Moscow.

These rising attacks are attributed by U.S. officials to international actors like China, Russia, and Iran. Covid-19-linked cyber attacks reflect the huge competition among global pharmaceutical companies for windfalls and market share if a successful vaccine is developed.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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