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Nation State Attackers Shut Down Industrial Plant with New ICS Malware

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FireEye researchers yesterday reported that the company's Mandiant subsidiary had responded to an incident at an industrial plant, in which the attacker shut down plant operations by targeting emergency shutdown systems with malware specifically designed for industrial control systems (ICS).

Because it specifically targets Schneider Electric's Triconex Safety Instrumented System (SIS) controllers, the researchers are calling the malware Triton.

They believe the attacker shut down operations by mistake while performing reconnaissance to determine how to cause physical damage to the plant.

Nation State Attacks

"FireEye has not connected this activity to any actor we currently track; however, we assess with moderate confidence that the actor is sponsored by a nation state," the researchers wrote. "The targeting of critical infrastructure as well as the attacker's...(continued)

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