Mysterious malware targets industrial control systems, borrows Stuxnet techniques
Researchers have found a malware program that was designed to manipulate supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems in order to hide the real readings from industrial processes.
The same technique was used by the Stuxnet sabotage malware allegedly created by the U.S. and Israel to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program and credited with destroying a large number of the country’s uranium enrichment centrifuges.
The new malware was discovered in the second half of last year by researchers from security firm FireEye, not in an active attack, but in the VirusTotal database. VirusTotal is a Google-owned website where users can submit suspicious files to be scanned by antivirus engines.