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What The Heck Is Industroyer?

By Kachi Ojieh Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Industroyer - power grid
Photograph: David Mcnew/AFP/Getty Images

I bet you have not heard of it, or maybe you have and don’t really know what it is, here is a chance to get informed.

Industroyer (also known as “Crash Override”) which was designed by cybercriminals is a dreadful virus with a sole purpose – to damage irreparably power substations and circuit breakers by aiming the computers that control the general installations. The basic framework used as communication in the power equipments is attacked and once the virus is in charge, its function can vary from killing the power, making intentional power outages, to crippling the physical equipment.

Industroyer_darkness_power_outage
Photo: Ralph Morse/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Water, gas supply and transportation control systems are not left out as there can be possible attack carried out using same method.

What people are saying about Industroyer


Mike Fumai, president and COO of AppGuard, said “Most of the systems have fairly old technology that’s hard to strengthen against those type of attacks,”

It is obvious Industroyer is programmed to be complex. “It’s complex in that it has multiple stages of attack,” says Fumai.

Anton Cherepanov, a senior malware researcher at ESET said “The problem is that these protocols were designed decades ago, and back then industrial systems were meant to be isolated from the outside world,”

“Thus, their communication protocols were not designed with security in mind. That means that the attackers didn’t need to be looking for protocol vulnerabilities; all they needed was to teach the malware ‘to speak’ those protocols.”

“Attackers could adapt the malware to any environment, which makes it extremely dangerous” Cherepanov added.

We at Techisbae hope this thing is put to an end quickly, what do you think?

Additional resources:
1. 'Industroyer' virus could bring down power networks, researchers warn
2. New ‘Industroyer’ Virus Is Designed to Take Down Power Grids
 
For the latest technology news and mobile reviews, follow Techisbae on Twitter and Facebook.
Industroyer - power grid
Photograph: David Mcnew/AFP/Getty Images

I bet you have not heard of it, or maybe you have and don’t really know what it is, here is a chance to get informed.

Industroyer (also known as “Crash Override”) which was designed by cybercriminals is a dreadful virus with a sole purpose – to damage irreparably power substations and circuit breakers by aiming the computers that control the general installations. The basic framework used as communication in the power equipments is attacked and once the virus is in charge, its function can vary from killing the power, making intentional power outages, to crippling the physical equipment.

Industroyer_darkness_power_outage
Photo: Ralph Morse/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images

Water, gas supply and transportation control systems are not left out as there can be possible attack carried out using same method.

What people are saying about Industroyer


Mike Fumai, president and COO of AppGuard, said “Most of the systems have fairly old technology that’s hard to strengthen against those type of attacks,”

It is obvious Industroyer is programmed to be complex. “It’s complex in that it has multiple stages of attack,” says Fumai.

Anton Cherepanov, a senior malware researcher at ESET said “The problem is that these protocols were designed decades ago, and back then industrial systems were meant to be isolated from the outside world,”

“Thus, their communication protocols were not designed with security in mind. That means that the attackers didn’t need to be looking for protocol vulnerabilities; all they needed was to teach the malware ‘to speak’ those protocols.”

“Attackers could adapt the malware to any environment, which makes it extremely dangerous” Cherepanov added.

We at Techisbae hope this thing is put to an end quickly, what do you think?

Additional resources:
1. 'Industroyer' virus could bring down power networks, researchers warn
2. New ‘Industroyer’ Virus Is Designed to Take Down Power Grids
 
For the latest technology news and mobile reviews, follow Techisbae on Twitter and Facebook.

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"Tech Is Before Anything Else since 2017". Kachi Ojieh is the CEO and Founder of Tech Is Bae. An enthusiastic blogger with the heart to unify all tech lovers across the globe. Currently working to make sure readers keep coming back for more.

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