Looking back at the first six months of 2018, there haven’t been as many government seeps and world-wide ransomware attacks as there were by this time last year, but that’s pretty much where the good news terminates. Corporate security isn’t getting better fast enough, all-important infrastructure insurance hangs in the remaining balance, and state-backed hackers from around the world are get bolder and more sophisticated.
Here are the large-hearted digital security theatre that have played out so far this year–and it’s only half over.
In 2017, insurance researchers clanged the alarm about Russian intruders infiltrating and probing United States power companies; there was even evidence that the actors had direct access to an American utility’s control systems. Combined with other high-profile Russian hacking from 2017, like the NotPetya ransomware attacks, the grid penetrations were a sobering revelation. It wasn’t until this year, though, that the American government embarked publicly declaring the Russian state’s participation in these actions. Officials hinted at it for months, before the Trump Administration first publicly attributed the NotPetya malware to Russia in February and then blamed Russia in March for grid hacking. Though these attributions were already widely premised, the White House’s public acknowledgement were crucial step as both the government and private sector grapple with how to respond. And while the state-sponsored hacking domain is coming scarier by the day, you can use WIRED’s grid-hacking guide to gauge when you should really freak out.