Like a Bridge over Troubled Waters

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On November 11, SunWater, one of Queensland’s largest water providers confirmed that they had identified a cyberattack. Upon further investigation, they discovered the cyberattack had more than likely lasted over nine months – in other words for the same amount of time that it takes to create a human being. For nine months nobody had bothered to check their basic critical security.

It was further reported, by analysts working on the aftermath of the attack, that they suspected cyber criminals had gained access to websites and servers which enabled them to create a man-in-the-middle attack. This enabled them to redirect the digital traffic that was sent to and from the SunWater servers. Due to this insecurity, all data captured, and in flight, would have been in plain text, the staple diet of cyber and ransomware criminals. This attack was not a case of an unfortunate victim, this was an opportunistic attack on a wide open, defenceless target due to security negligence.

SunWater, the

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