When crypto-mining malware hits a SCADA network

Stealthy crypto-mining is on track to surpass ransomware as cybercriminals’ most favorite money-making option, and companies with computers and servers that run all day and night long are the preferred targets. This could be more than just a nuisance to the companies – it could seriously affect business operations and render some companies unable to operate for days and even weeks. In some instances, namely when the companies are part of critical infrastructure, the consequences may be more severe than in others.

Industrial cybersecurity vendor Radiflow shared with Help Net Security the most recent example of such an incident. The company has recently discovered Monero-mining malware on five servers of a water utility company located in Europe. These servers included the HMI (Human Machine Interface), which was also the control server of the physical processes of the company. The crypto-mining attack was discovered as part of a routine and ongoing monitoring of the OT network of the water utility customer.

Read more about the risk of cryptocurrency malware attacks, which involve extremely high CPU processing and network bandwidth consumption that can threaten the stability and availability of the physical processes of a critical infrastructure operator, on Help Net Security.

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