Beware of state actors stepping up attacks on managed service providers: Cyber agencies

Written by , APAC Editor Chris Duckett APAC Editor

Chris started his journalistic adventure in 2006 as the Editor of Builder AU after originally joining CBS as a programmer. After a Canadian sojourn, he returned in 2011 as the Editor of TechRepublic Australia, and is now the Australian Editor of ZDNet.

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The agencies responsible for cybersecurity from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada have issued a second alert this week, stating that attacks on managed service providers (MSP) are expected to increase.

The advisory states that if an attacker is able to compromise a service provider, then ransomware or espionage activity could be conducted throughout a provider’s infrastructure, and attack its customers.

“Whether the customer’s network environment is on premises or externally hosted, threat actors can use a vulnerable MSP as an initial access vector to multiple victim networks, with globally cascading effects,” the nations advised.

“NCSC-UK, ACSC, CCCS, CISA, NSA, and FBI expect malicious cyber actors — including state-sponsored advanced persistent threat groups — to step up their targeting of MSPs in their efforts to exploit

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