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New ransomware doesn’t just encrypt data. It also meddles with critical infrastructure

New ransomware doesn’t just encrypt data. It also meddles with critical...

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Over the past five years, ransomware has emerged as a vexing menace that has shut down factories, hospitals, and local municipalities and school districts around the world. In recent months, researchers have caught ransomware doing something that's potentially more sinister: intentionally tampering with industrial control systems that dams, electric grids, and gas refineries rely on…
Hackers behind unsafe oil and gas invasions are penetrating United States power grids

Hackers behind unsafe oil and gas invasions are penetrating United States...

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Enlarge / Power Lines in Page, Arizona In a new troubling escalation, hackers behind at least two potentially fatal intrusions on industrial facilities have expanded their activities to probing dozens of power grids in the US and elsewhere, researchers with security firm Dragos reported Friday. The group, now dubbed Xenotime by Dragos, quickly gained international…
Mystical safety-tampering malware contaminates a 2nd important facilities website

Mystical safety-tampering malware contaminates a 2nd important facilities website

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Enlarge / Critical infrastructure sites such as this oil refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, rely on safety systems. Sixteen months ago, researchers reported an unsettling escalation in hacks targeting power plants, gas refineries, and other types of critical infrastructure. Attackers who may have been working on behalf of a nation caused an operational outage at…

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