Iran-affiliated hackers targeted a small western Pennsylvania water authority and other U.S. organizations due to their use of Israeli-made industrial control devices.
The hackers left a digital calling card, stating that all Israeli-made equipment is “a legal target.”
The advisory from U.S. and Israeli authorities revealed that the same equipment is used in various industries, making them potentially vulnerable. (Trending: Olympic Gold Medalist Sentenced For Jan 6)
“The victims span multiple U.S. states,” the FBI, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, known as CISA, and Israel’s National Cyber Directorate stated.
The hackers, affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, are known as “Cyber Av3ngers” and have targeted the devices since Nov. 22.
The attack has raised concerns about cybersecurity in critical infrastructure, with experts emphasizing the need for improved safeguards.
The Biden administration has been working to strengthen cybersecurity in critical infrastructure, but there are concerns about the level of self-regulation in vital industries.