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First Malware Designed Solely for Electric Grids Caused 2016 Ukraine Outage

Researchers from cybersecurity firms Dragos and ESET this week sounded the alarm on what they described as the first ever malware designed specifically to attack the electric grid at scale. A threat group calling itself ELECTRUM used the malware – dubbed CrashOverride and Industroyer by the two vendors respectively – in an attack against Ukraine’s power grid in December 2016 that resulted in parts of Kiev losing power for about an hour.

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