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>> Researchers have uncovered a sophisticated and malicious software capable of causing mass power outages. Two cybersecurity firms telling Reuters they've identified the malware, known as Crash Override or InDestroyer, and say it can order industrial computers to shut down electrical power transmissions. The discovery stoking fears about the vulnerabilities of power grids.
Reuters cybersecurity correspondent Jim Finkle.>> The big concern here is that this is a platform. It's not a unique piece of malware or a computer virus. And that this could be programmed to cause other types of grids to go down across Europe or the United States. Or that it could be programmed to affect other industrial processes, like water distribution, natural gas, factories that use basically the same kinda technology to run their operations.
>> US-based Dragos Incorporated and Slovakia's ESET say the malware was likely used in a 2016 cyberattack that cut power to Ukraine.>> So the two firms that did this research, they say they don't know who's behind the malware. There's no technical indicators inside the malware that would suggest who it was.
Having said that, this was an attack in Ukraine in December. And the Ukrainians have said very directly that they have evidence that Russia was behind it. And Russia has denied that. It's always interesting to know who is behind something. Attribution is really an important topic. But it kinda doesn't matter, because in this case, this malware could be taken by somebody else and repurposed to cause havoc.
So it could be any relatively sophisticated actor who could come along and use it.>> Researchers tell Reuters the bug can cause outages for up to several days to parts of a country's power grid, but isn't powerful enough to bring the country's entire grid down. The firm has alerted government authorities and power companies about the threat.
The sample of the software analyzed is capable of attacking power operators across Europe. With small modifications, researchers believe it could be used against the US.