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Industroyer2 and Pipedream ICS/SCADA Malware: DOE, CISA, NSA, and the FBI Release Joint Cybersecurity Advisory

Industrial control systems (ICS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) device vulnerabilities are, arguably, the threat surfaces that are of the utmost concern to cyber and homeland security professionals.  If ICS/SCADA devices are mission-critical to your organization, the Joint Cybersecurity Advisory (CSA) released this week by multiple U.S. agencies is a must-read.

A unique element of this CSA is the direct contribution made by the private sector to the research included in the advisory:  “This is the most expansive industrial control system attack tool that anyone has ever documented,” says Sergio Caltagirone, the vice president of threat intelligence at industrial-focused cybersecurity firm Dragos, which contributed research to the advisory and published its own report about the malware. Researchers at Mandiant, Palo Alto Networks, Microsoft, and Schneider Electric also contributed to the advisory. “’It’s like a Swiss Army knife with a huge number of pieces to it.’” (1)

For our readership for whom this cyber threat is of less direct concern, we still encourage you to at least take a cursory look at the alert, as there may be ancillary impacts on your broader cybersecurity efforts.  There is also an argument that, due to the cyber threat climate created by the Ukrainian Crisis, the cybersecurity community (broadly speaking) should have a basic working knowledge of these hardware-level vulnerabilities.   As a result, This post is both introductory and comprehensive (depending on your level of concern and interest in the CSA).

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