After a huge data leak affecting scores of high-profile Members of the European Parliament
(MEPs), this month has seen a rise in the number of defense contractors being hacked. Most recently, data of nearly 100,000 employees of the Interserve, Britain’s Ministry of Defence contractor, have been stolen. On the 13th of May, Interserve reported in a press release that the firm was targetted earlier this month.
Cyberattacks on high-profile organizations of the likes of legislative bodies are carried out by state-sponsored hackers. Amidst the pandemic, APT groups are constantly targeting the military sector and defense contractors. Iran based APTs have been constantly targeting the US defense industry. Targeting defense contractors not only causes damage to one company but also to its customers.
Earlier on May 11, 2020, a security incident had occurred at the British Supercomputer ARCHER, which is now back online after days of investigation! The attack had forced all existing ARCHER passwords and SSH keys for secure authentication to be changed. National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has reported that several other computers have also been targeted across Europe. The FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) had also notified that they have been investigating several cyber compromises that are targeting US organizations conducting research on COVID-19.