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Security researchers find solid evidence linking Industroyer to NotPetya


Malware analysts from Slovak cyber-security firm ESET have found substantial evidence that links cyber-attacks performed against Ukraine's power grid to the same group behind the NotPetya ransomware outbreak of June 2017.

The link is not a direct one, but through a third malware strain that was spotted in an unrelated hacking operation in April this year.

Researchers say this malware --the Exaramel backdoor-- was deployed from the server infrastructure of Telebots, the name of the group from whose infrastructure the NotPetya ransomware also originated.

But in a report released today after months of analysis, ESET says the Exaramel backdoor "is an improved version" of the backdoor component that was part of Industroyer, a malware strain that targets industrial control systems (ICS) and which was used to cause power outages in Ukraine in December 2016.

Such links have been speculated on but never proven with solid facts. But thanks to the new Exaramel discovery, such...(continued)

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