Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Insider - February 2020

Researchers at Sentinel One and Dragos have detected malicious code, called EKANS or Snake, that has been designed specifically to target industrial control systems (ICS), including those of oil refineries, manufacturing sites, and electrical and power grids. Although there have been a few successful attacks against ICS in the past, including the destruction of a nuclear enrichment centrifuge in Iran and a blackout in the Ukraine, this appears to be the first time malware specifically designed to target ICS has been discovered.

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