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New TeleBots backdoor: First evidence linking Industroyer to NotPetya


ESET’s analysis of a recent backdoor used by TeleBots – the group behind the massive NotPetya ransomware outbreak – uncovers strong code similarities to the Industroyer main backdoor, revealing a rumored connection that was not previously proven

Among the most significant malware-induced cybersecurity incidents in recent years were the attacks against the Ukrainian power grid – which resulted in unprecedented blackouts two years in a row – and the devastating NotPetya ransomware outbreak. Let’s take a look at the links between these major incidents.

The first ever malware-enabled blackout in history, which happened in December 2015, was facilitated by the BlackEnergy malware toolkit. ESET researchers have been following the activity of the APT group utilizing BlackEnergy both before and after this milestone event. After the 2015 blackout, the group seemed to have ceased actively using BlackEnergy, and evolved into what we call TeleBots.

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