30 Jun '14, 7pm

Malware aims at US, Europe energy sector, say researchers

Malware aims at US, Europe energy sector, say researchers

WASHINGTON: Cyberattackers, probably state sponsored, have been targeting energy operations in the United States and Europe since 2011 and were capable of causing significant damage, security researchers said on Monday. The US security firm Symantec said it identified malware targeting industrial control systems which could sabotage electric grids, power generators and pipelines. "The attackers, known to Symantec as Dragonfly, managed to compromise a number of strategically important organisations for spying purposes," Symantec said in a blog post. "If they had used the sabotage capabilities open to them, (they) could have caused damage or disruption to energy supplies in affected countries," it added. The researchers said this malware is similar to Stuxnet, a virus believed to have been developed by the United States or Israel to contain threats from Iran. "Dragonfly bear...

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