BlackEnergy Malware: How Hackers May Tackle our Infrastructure

Adam Vincent CEO of ThreatConnect

On December 23 2015, 230,000 people in Ukraine were left in the dark for six hours after hackers compromised several power distribution centres which provide electricity to residents in Ukraine. The attackers used spear phishing emails and variants of the BlackEnergy 3 malware to gain a foothold into the IT networks of the electricity companies and knock real-world systems offline.

This incident was the first recorded successful cyber-attack on an electric grid – and if a power outage at the beginning of winter doesn’t sound too bad, just consider the impact if such a breach were to affect the country’s hospitals.

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