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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Power Blackout in Ukraine Caused by Hackers

Power Blackout in Ukraine Caused by Hackers

Power Blackout in Ukraine Caused by Hackers

Added: Tuesday, January 12th, 2016
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It turned out that a power blackout over Christmas in Ukraine and a hacking attack on a major local media company were caused by the same malware from the same hacking group Sandworm. According to the reports, the power blackout affected large parts of western Ukraine, being the first power outage caused by a hacking attack. The state intelligence agency blamed Russia for state-sponsored hacking attacks. If true, that could escalate cyberwar between Russia and Ukraine.

Apparently, the power company was hacked using malware substantially similar to an earlier attack, which affected the hardware of a Ukrainian media company a couple months ago. Security experts found out that initially the media company was compromised by malware dubbed “BlackEnergy”, which retrieved administrator credentials and used them to execute another malware on several machines. The group behind the BlackEnergy Trojan is known as Sandworm and has a record of targeting companies in Ukraine. Now it turn out that the same malware was implicated in the attack on the Ukrainian power grid.

While hacking attacks on physical infrastructure are what the security community always fears, they have been rarely seen in practice, as the industrial control systems for critical infrastructure are usually not connected to the wider Internet. However, with hacking becoming an accepted part of international conflict, physical infrastructure also becomes a tempting target. For example, in 2013, 25 issues of serious vulnerabilities in the control systems for power plants were discovered. However, in Ukraine it doesn’t look like the attackers had to go that far.

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Date:  Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

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posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2016-01-13 06:53:44)
Embolism avatarhmmm before blaming any hacking group or placing any blame it must be noted that the trojan and malware used could have been coded by anyone familiar with the previous exploits for example when the Sasser virus was first used the originator had made 4 variations of the Trojan and later others rewrote the original code 8 times producing variations on the theme therefore it does not follow that it is in fact the hacking collective from previous attacks and may well be yet another red flag to scare people into giving up their right to privacy as other operations have proved or be a spotty teenager copying others work as with the Denial of service on Steve Gibson many years ago by a 14 year old.Unless the collective own up to such an exploit which most would for the recognition it can be assumed it may be any that would otherwise profit from the control of the countries electronic infrastructure either the Russians,Americans or other interested parties not withstanding.

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