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A new form of ransomware has been developed as a proof-of-concept, specifically designed to target SCADA technology in industrial environments, reports TheRegister.co.uk. Written by researchers from Georgia Tech, the scope of the software was noted as limited in the paper, which stated “LogicLocker uses the native sockets API on a Schneider Modicon M241 to scan the network for known vulnerable targets, namely Allen Bradley MicroLogix 1400 PLCs and Schneider Modicon M221 PLCs.” The ransomware finds those two specific devices, bypasses “weak authentication mechanisms”, locks out legitimate users and plants a logic bomb to “dangerously operate physical outputs”. The Register noted that fragmented APIs confine hackers to specific devices, further specifying that whilst these commands can indeed be sent to industrial kit, at a push, factory operators have the option to shut the plant down and restore the original firmware.

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Ransomware attacks doubled in the second half of 2016, with Locky accounting for two-fifths of these, reports Computing.co.uk. Cryptowall was the second most prolific ransomware, with the Cerber ransomware-as-a-service scheme close behind. Together these three types of ransomware were responsible... Read more

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