(ANSA) – ROME, APRIL 07 – A total of 2,085 potential vulnerabilities, 52,555 compromised e-mails, 1,317 IP addresses exposed on the internet and 52,985 devices integrated into botnets that interacted from the outside with the assets of the affected targets: these are the data of the ‘Cyber Risk Indicators Report’ released by Swascan, subsidiary of Tinexta Cyber (Tinexta Group), the Italian cybersecurity center, which analyzed the potential cyber risk of Italian critical infrastructures.
The survey, conducted in February, covered a sample of 20 companies that manage Italian critical infrastructures active in four sectors: energy, transport, central public administration, health.
The authors of the report highlight how e-mail has affected a large part of the sample examined: only two companies are without compromised e-mails, 4 companies have between 1 and 100, 5 companies between 101 and 500 and as many as 9 companies. they have over 500. “Since every infrastructure is as secure as the people who make it up, social engineering – it is emphasized – is one of the favorite techniques of Criminal Hackers to carry out an attack. This can become a problem, if you consider the large number of compromised emails detected by the analysis. Each of them is a powerful weapon in the hands of an experienced Criminal Hacker, which can potentially be used to take over accounts, send other emails to suppliers or colleagues or simply to spread even faster malware within an organization “. (HANDLE).