Cisco Details Ransomware and SEA Threats and Remediation
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In a press briefing on Monday November 25th, Craig Williams, technical leader of Threat Research Analysis & Communications (TRAC) at Cisco, talked about three recent sets of attacks, all of which could have been prevented if the victims had properly followed a few simple Internet security best practices.
One of the attacks, known as a "watering hole" attack, targeted oil and gas companies. In a watering hole attack, a commonly visited Website (the watering hole) is infected with some form of malware, which is then distributed to all subsequent visitors to the site.
Cisco TRAC discovered 10 Websites in the oil and gas sector that had become watering hole sites. Williams did not specifically identify all 10 sites, though he did note that they include a large firm with operations in Africa, Morocco and Brazil; a natural gas power station in the U.K.; and a gas distributor in France.