Cyberattacks on critical infrastructure could trigger a wider conflict


With the ongoing crisis in Eastern Europe, many questions have been raised about countries using cyberattacks to neutralize opponents or severely minimize the effectiveness of their supply chains. So far we have seen APT groups infiltrate nuclear plants, financial institutions, power transmission infrastructure, smart cities, and data centers. With each attack, hackers are drawing ever closer to targeting complex critical infrastructure facilities such as command and control mechanisms of military hardware related to warhead delivery, ballistic missile defense, space-based communication, and disaster management, ship-to-shore communications, and other parts of an integrated command and control infrastructure related to offensive and defensive military operations.

Such cyber-attacks could turn into a potential final frontier for sophisticated threat actors and they represent the ultimate stage in the evolution of their malware and breach tactics.

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