Microsoft Says Energy Grids Being Hacked Because of Decades-Old Software
Microsoft Says Energy Grids Being Hacked Because of Decades-Old Software

Microsoft Says Energy Grids Being Hacked Because of Decades-Old Software

24 november, 20221 minute to read
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Microsoft has warned that malicious hackers are exploiting a discontinued web server found in common Internet of Things (IoT) devices to target organizations in the energy sector, TechCrunch reports.

Microsoft 's researchers say they have discovered a vulnerable open-source component in the Boa web server, which is still widely used in a range of routers and security cameras, as well as popular software development kits (SDKs), despite the software’s retirement in 2005.

Microsoft says it has identified one million internet-exposed Boa server components globally over the span of a one-week period, warning that the vulnerable component poses a “supply chain risk that may affect millions of organizations and devices.”

The known [vulnerabilities] impacting such components can allow an attacker to collect information about network assets before initiating attacks, and to gain access to a network undetected by obtaining valid credentials,

Microsoft said, adding that this can allow the attackers to have a “much greater impact” once the attack is initiated.

The most recent such attack was observed  in October at Tata Power facility. This breach resulted in the Hive ransomware group publishing data stolen from the Indian energy giant, which included sensitive employee information, engineering drawings, financial and banking records, client records, and some private keys.

24 november, 2022
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