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Researchers with cybersecurity company SentinelOne reconstructed the recent cyberattack on Iran's train system in a new report, uncovering a new threat actor -- which they named 'MeteorExpresss' -- and a never-before-seen wiper.

On July 9, local news outlets began reporting on a cyberattack targeting the Iranian train system, with hackers defacing display screens in train stations by asking passengers to call '64411', the phone number of Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei's office. 

Train services were disrupted and just one day later, hackers took down the website of Iran's transport ministry. According to Reuters, the ministry's portal and sub-portal sites went down after the attack targeted computers at the Ministry of Roads and Urban Development

Read more: ZD Net

Critical pipeline operators have reported more than 220 cybersecurity incidents since the Transportation Security Administration implemented emergency measures in the wake of the crippling ransomware attack on one of America's most important pipelines, according to TSA Administrator David Pekoske.

Companies have been reporting incidents since day one of the agency's May 28 security directive aimed at critical pipelines, Pekoske told CNN in an interview. Reporting of cybersecurity incidents has ramped up since the directive, according to Pekoske, who said the reports will help TSA understand the risks facing the industry. Prior to the directive, reporting was voluntary.

TSA issued its first cybersecurity directive following the ransomware incident at Colonial Pipeline, which prompted the shutdown of operations and led to several days of panic gasoline buying and shortages throughout the East Coast.

The directive includes a requirement for around 100 critical pipeline companies to report cybersecurity incidents to the Department of Homeland Security's cybersecurity agency within 12 hours, a DHS official previously said. TSA has unique authority over the surface transportation industry, which includes more than 2.7 million miles of natural gas and hazardous liquid pipelines, allowing the agency to regulate the industry.

Read more: CNN

American Airlines and other carriers are facing possible fuel shortages at some airports, industry representatives said.

American told its pilots to conserve fuel by using a single engine while taxiing if the plane allows for that, the airline said.

“We are aware of fuel supply issues at some airports, predominantly across the western U.S., affecting a number of carriers,” American said in a statement Monday. It said the airline has had “minimal operational impact” so far.

The company said the issue was largely caused by a shortage of truck drivers and fuel trucks, and in some cases, pipeline allocations also are contributing to the issue. It said it has not had to cancel flights.

Read more: The Washington Post

We’ve all walked through a metal detector at the airport, hoping we didn’t forget anything in our pockets that will set off the alarm. When security personnel can’t immediately identify what is triggering the alarm, the process is halted for a pat down. Though this slows the screening process significantly for people waiting in line and can be an uncomfortable experience for the individual being screened, it is an essential element of keeping all travelers safe.

To improve airport security, both for screeners and for those being screened, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) continually invests in research and development (R&D) to build solutions for the future. S&T’s Screening at Speed Program partners with government, academia, and industry to increase security effectiveness at the airport from curb to gate, while dramatically reducing screening wait times and improving the passenger experience.

Read more: HS Today

During disruption events, truckers should be well-informed about the measures that are being taken to help them, according to Scott Grenerth, subject matter expert at Truck Specialized Parking Services.

Truck Specialized Parking Services offers drivers information on truck parking availability. Grenerth, who has logged more than 1 million miles of safe driving as a company driver and owner-operator, spoke at a webinar hosted by the Federal Highway Administration on July 21. The event was part of FHWA’s Talking Freight seminar series.

Grenerth pointed to the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic to emphasize the importance of communicating to truckers. When the pandemic caused stores and travel centers to limit services or shut down completely, truckers had difficulty finding so much as a cup of coffee.

In early April 2020, FHWA issued a notice to state departments of transportation that the agency would allow food trucks (or at least not ticket them) at federally funded interstate highway rest areas to support truck drivers during the pandemic. A few states responded quickly, including Grenerth’s home state of Ohio.

Read more: Transport Topics