Dragonfly Russian Hackers Target 1000 Western Energy Firms
2014-07-03, 02:28 PM,
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Quote:Gone are the days when cyber criminals focuses only on PCs to spread malwares and target people, whether it’s ordinary or a high profile person. Nowadays, organizations in the energy sector have become an interesting target for cyber minds.

Few days ago, security researchers uncovered a Stuxnet-like malware, “Havex”, which was also programmed to infect industrial control system software of SCADA systems, with the capability to possibly disable hydroelectric dams, overload nuclear power plants, and even shut down a country’s power grid with a single keystroke.


Recently, a Russian group of hackers known as 'Energetic Bear' has compromised over 1,000 European and North American energy firms with a sophisticated cyber weapon, similar to Stuxnet, that gave hackers access to power plant control systems, said a security firm.

The group of hackers also known as 'Dragonfly', an eastern European collective that has been active since at least 2011 and has been using phishing sites and Trojans to target energy supplier organizations in the US and several other countries, since 2013.

"Its primary goal appears to be espionage," claimed Symantec. The group appears to have the resources, size and organization that no doubt suggest the involvement of government in the malware campaign, said the firm.

According to the blog post published yesterday by security firm Symantec, Dragonfly group mainly targeted petroleum pipeline operators, electricity generation firms and other Industrial Control Systems (ICS) equipment providers for the energy sector in several companies.

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