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This dangerous Russian-linked malware could shut down power grids

This dangerous Russian-linked malware could shut down power grids

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Cybersecurity researchers have uncovered a new dangerous malware designed to disrupt systems such as energy grids or other critical infrastructure.

Experts from Mandiant dubbed the malware CosmicEnergy, and believe it’s similar to previously-discovered Sandworm. Sandworm is a notorious Russian state-sponsored malware that was designed to target Ukrainian power grids back in 2016.

The key difference between CosmicEnergy and Sandworm is that the former wasn’t discovered after a security incident, but rather through threat hunting. Someone from Russia uploaded the malware to VirusTotal a year and a half ago, which is where Mandiant’s researchers picked it up.

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