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Destroying Industrial Equipment with Bubbles and Malicious Code

It’s not yet common to see malicious attacks designed with the intent of destroying industrial equipment, but the proof-of-concept experiments on the vulnerability of industrial control systems only grows more compelling with each example of equipment-destroying malware. The best and most well-known example was Stuxnet, but hackers at the recent Black Hat Security concept showed even more evidence that such attacks can pinpoint weaknesses in nearly any physical system. Continue reading

What you Need to Know about Industroyer and the Threat it Poses to Industrial Control Systems

In 2010, a massive threat to industrial control systems called Stuxnet spread worldwide to infect thousands of systems running Siemens software. It was a weapon developed to cripple nuclear facilities. Last year, a new threat emerged in Ukraine that rivals the danger of Stuxnet. This new threat took down a power plant for over an hour, and may have been a precursor to a large-scale efforts to take down or damage power grids, as well as other types of critical infrastructure in the future. Continue reading

Havex Industrial Control System Malware: FAQ from InduSoft

ICS-CERT has released detailed information (ICS-ALERT-14-176-02A) regarding the Industrial Control System Malware Campaign that has been detected on several fronts, what it is, how it is spread, how to protect your systems if they are vulnerable. The following discussion based on the alert, condenses the information to allow you to understand if the information is applicable to you. At the time that this article is being published, InduSoft is not aware that any system using its products being infected or affected by this malware, however here are some FAQs that will help customers understand the issues. The answers are based on US-Cert information and information from InduSoft Development/Engineering: Continue reading