"The first to target civilians and the first such malware built to target a nation’s power supply."

Stuxnet 2.0


Thu, Jun 15th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

The Daily Beast reports that the electrical blackout experienced in Kiev was courtesy of a cyberattack powered by very sophisticated malware. Reportedly, the software is capable of mapping out a power station’s control network and to issue malicious commands without human intervention.

The only thing that’s certain, says security researcher Robert Lee, CEO of Dragos, is that the malware wasn’t built as a one-time weapon. It’s designed from the ground up to be easily reconfigured for a variety of targets and contains some payloads that weren’t even fired off in the Kiev attack.

“It’s a nightmare,” Lee said. “The malware in its current state would be usable for every power plant in Europe. This is a framework designed to target other places.”



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