IBM’s 2020 X-Force Threat Intelligence Index report analyzes the threat landscape in 2019, the experts observed a spike in the number of OT attacks.
According to IBM X-Force, attacks targeting operational technology (OT) infrastructure increased by over 2000 p
The number of cyber attacks targeting OT infrastructures in 2019 was the greater even observed.
In June 2019, experts from Dragos firm reported that Xenotime threat actor behind the 2017 Trisis/Triton malware attack was targeting electric utilities in the US and APAC.
“The overlap between IT infrastructure and OT, such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) and ICS, continued to present a risk to organizations that relied on such hybrid infrastructures in 2019.” continues the report. “The convergence of IT/OT infrastructure allows IT breaches to target OT devices controlling physical assets, which can greatly increase the cost to recover. “
Experts explained that once attacker gained the first foothold on the target network, they used lateral movement to target ICS systems from inside using simple exploitation techniques.
Fortunately, IBM experts had not seen any Echobot attacks that caused disruptions or other serious problems for the affected systems.
Experts from IBM believe that the number of OT attacks will rapidly increase in the next months.
“X-Force expects that attacks against ICS targets will continue to increase
industrial networks across the globe.” concludes IBM.
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