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So. A cross-Europe cyberwar simulation. Of ransomware

Author: John Leyden / Source: The Register

Are you thinking what we’re thinking? (They even invited Hoodie-wearing Hacker™)

Organisers have drawn up their conclusions following a pan-European cyberwar exercise.

Cyber Europe 2016, the fourth cyber crisis exercise organised by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), is one of the biggest international stress-test exercises to date.

Over 1,000 participants from all 28 EU member states, along with Switzerland and Norway, joined a simulated crisis lasting more than six months, culminating in a 48-hour event on 13 and 14 October 2016. The scenario featured a ransomware attack that in some ways foreshadowed the WannaCrypt and NotPetya attacks that have shaken the infosec world over recent weeks.

Cyber Europe 2016 offered opportunities for participants to increase their technical and operational expertise as well as testing their ability to handle crisis communication. National and governmental Computer Security Incident Response Teams, cybersecurity agencies, EU institutions and agencies, internet and cloud service providers, cybersecurity software and service providers, banks, energy companies and other critical infrastructure operators were all involved.

The exercise featured a dark scenario, inspired by events such as the blackout in Ukraine in Christmas 2015 or the dependence on technologies manufactured outside the jurisdiction of the EU. It also featured IoT, drones, cloud computing, innovative exfiltration vectors, mobile malware and ransomware. Previous exercises have been criticised for a focus on DDoS attacks,…

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