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Microsoft, US Government Warn Of Malware Threat To Infrastructure Entities

Microsoft announced yesterday that it has detected “stealthy and targeted malicious activity” by a Chinese government-sponsored hacking operation directed at the computer networks of “critical infrastructure organizations” in Guam and other parts of the US. The company provided details to enable businesses and agencies to detect and remove the malware. Microsoft said “the affected organizations span the communications, manufacturing, utility, transportation, construction, maritime, government, information technology, and education sectors. Observed behavior suggests that the threat actor intends to perform espionage and maintain access without being detected for as long as possible.” Microsoft has directly notified customers identified as being targeted or compromised by the malicious code.

According to The New York Times, the hacker group — called “Volt Typhoon” — uses “web shell” code to pierce firewalls and enable remote access to a server for purposes that potentially include a destructive attack.The US National Security Agency and partner organizations issued an advisory with additional information on the threat.

CBS News also covers this story.

China Cybersecurity Information Technology Resources and Acquisitions


Texas RMA Selects Lochner As General Engineering Consultant

H.W. Lochner, Inc., the transportation infrastructure planning and engineering services firm, announced that the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NET RMA) has selected it as one of two firms to provide general engineering consulting services. Under the terms of its five-year contract, Lochner will collaborate with the authority’s board and staff on project studies, as well as facility construction and operation. Lochner regional executive Phil Russell commented, “Our experience with tolling agencies across the country will prove beneficial as we partner to accelerate the development of the Authority’s priority programs.” Lochner recently expanded its Texas footprint by acquiring Austin-based K Friese + Associates.

H.W. Lochner Inc. North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NET RMA) Procurement of Tolling Equipment & Services Texas


These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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