It’s long been known that social networks are viewed by cybercriminals as rich hunting grounds. Using social engineering techniques, they can obtain information through posts and images from social media profiles to launch targeted phishing attacks. Counterfeiters are also using increasingly sophisticated methods to dupe consumers into purchasing fake goods through social media. Panda Security recently warned of a new online scam propagating through Instagram’s advertising platform, where discounts of up to 70% on leading clothing brands are targeted at users who through their profile are most likely to ‘bite the hook’.
Seven years ago, in a flurry of news headlines reminiscent of the recent WannaCry and NotPetya global ransomware attacks, reports came out about Stuxnet, a malware that targets Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) used in the automation of industrial machinery and processes. As the Iranians discovered at the time, this included nuclear centrifuges.
Despite infecting 200,000 computers worldwide and causing 1,000 machines in Iran’s Natanz nuclear facilities to shake themselves to pieces, it wasn’t long before it was largely forgotten about by the mainstream media. This may well have been because back in 2010 the concept of Industry 4.0 was still in its infancy and nowhere near as widely known as it is today.