Malware miners are now hitting on state-owned systems

State-owned systems are affected by crypto miners too. An attack on Monitoring Systems at European Water Utility made by a malware chewed up the CPU of HMI at Wastewater Facility.

The crypto miner managed to infect four servers that were connected to an operational technology (OT) network at a wastewater facility in Europe.
All servers were running: Windows XP and CIMPLICITY SCADA made by GE Digital. The malware hit the infected servers on Human Machine Interfaces. This kind of attack results in significant slowdowns of the network because the servers affected are designed to monitoring physical processes. The slow down occurs because of the Monero mining processes that are consuming CPU power very much.

This malware was designed with ingenuity because it was able to run in some stealth mode after disabling all the security tools. This disabling process gives miner two advantages: it goes undetected much longer, and it has more CPU power to use.
Another significant security flaw is the use of discontinued OS like Microsoft window XP that cannot receive any security updates or use any windows antivirus solutions. These incidents may not be as severe as targeted attacks and they are unlikely to cause physical damage or pose a safety risk, but they can be responsible for some delays that could lead to money loses.

The incident is not a singular one much more had happened in the past like the incident involving a German nuclear energy plant in Gundremmingen, whose systems got infected with Conficker and Ramnit malware that lead to a complete shutdown of the power plant.

In this article, we tried to evidentiate the importance of keeping both OS and applications presented in a system up to date because without the latest cybersecurity patches, not even the newest windows antivirus or mac antivirus solutions cannot protect such systems.

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