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Someone’s Trying To Shut Down Power Plants—With a Virus

Gizmodo -- Earlier this year, a devastating virus dubbed Flame made its way through power plants in Iran, wreaking havoc on system software, and prompting the country to disconnect itself from the internet. Now comes word from Kaspersky Labs that there's a copycat virus doing the same thing to "at least one organization in the energy sector."

Except this time, its not coming from the government.

This new virus, sometimes referred to as Shamoon, sometimes referred to as Disttrack, contains a file named Wiper, which the Flame virus also has. But the Wiper file in Shamoon doesn't share the same code as the one in Flame, which is why experts suspect a copycat is at work. Kaspersky believes its the doing of script kiddies.

A rash of unprovoked attacks on energy facilities could be downright devastating


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Submitted Aug 18, 2012 By: DellDude2
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2012 5:12:05 AM

fear mongering? We know that Kaspersky is Russian based (outside Moscow). Not sure I would trust Russians as far as I can throw one.
1WI
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2012 3:37:26 PM

Media lies.
ropegun11
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2012 11:00:24 AM

...Interesting and curious...Thanks for sharing it DellDude2 :)
DanMtz
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2012 10:53:37 AM

I blame Hugo and his henchmen.
GOBUTLER
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2012 8:03:47 AM

Interesting...
tomok
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2012 2:29:00 AM

Governments, companies, organizations and individuals are probing other governments, other organizations and businesses continuously for data and information they can possibly mine. Shut down a government, city or companies power supply and you can affect their operation or existence.
Why is there a need to link electrical generating operations to the internet? Is it monitoring of it's operation from a distance?
If you don't have good, strong virus protection – you are toast.
The US and Israel have been trying to put a halt or hamper to Iranian nuclear advances for a long time with cyber attacks. They have been fairly successful about it too.
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Consider using other forms of less expensive transportation to lower your cost.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
Blismo
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2012 12:58:37 AM

ok
ExplorerWA
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2012 12:56:08 AM

Another false flag by our government to scare us into believing they should control the internet.
JimVP
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:55:10 PM

Cyber security grows in importance.
cwashi3324
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:43:05 PM

right...
tedjm1
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:34:48 PM

The internet is a dangerous thing. I am amazed that people would rather cause people & companies harm, when they have knowledge that then can use in business.
judgemobile
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:30:21 PM

if it stops Iran's nukes, I am all for it.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:29:59 PM

Who needs a war when you have the Internet? We (or They) can cripple a country by destroying communications or hacking vital systems.
nomad228
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:29:20 PM

what was that movie with john candy where he turned off canada's power with the flip of a wall switch.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:29:00 PM

Ok
dld1295
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:28:41 PM

just what we need more problems
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:28:34 PM

Homeland Security go get 'em.
nomad228
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:26:21 PM

i would not be a bit surprised to find out it was big earl or our own gov'ment.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:26:00 PM

Computers, with internet access, at power plants and other critical installations should not be networked to critical computers and servers
Pretty basic security
spud5559
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:25:36 PM

it going too come sooner or later we should of been ready a long time for this kind of thing
streetcars
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:24:49 PM

Just what we need.
LanguageMan1
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:24:42 PM

Hmm, maybe the Chinese if not us or some group of kids.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:23:36 PM

Tree huggers......................
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:23:00 PM

Just what Obama wants, so he can take over another industry.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:22:05 PM

Wow...we got some sheeple with some real book learnin in here. Obamamama...Bozmma. Damn those Koch Brothers sure gittin der monies worth.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:21:47 PM

Not good at any time.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:20:33 PM

Check the White House....
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:20:21 PM

Ok not good
jerej829
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:20:04 PM

ouch
us4usa
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:20:04 PM

EPA is trying to shut down coal power plants without a virus...
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:19:35 PM

There will be new pushes for internet security legislation,...you know...it's to keep us safe, like the Patriot Act, Military Commissions Act, ad nauseam.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:18:28 PM

Someone with a connection to the words green and liberal, maybe jackass too.
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:17:50 PM


There is too much dependence on the internet. Cybercrime and cyberterrorism are going to be bigger problems in the future.
N5EXY
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:17:09 PM

I did not know there was a virus named crock. Bozama is trying to shut down power plants, refineries, etc. 80 days until the election.

President Obama is still reminding people that he inherited this economy. If this economy doesn't turn around soon, his inheritance could be cut off in November.

[Edited by: N5EXY at 8/19/2012 12:18:46 AM EST]
ican2step
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And we're developing "self-driving" cars?
crreed1
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:15:50 PM

ok
BurtB
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:15:21 PM

Iranian counter strike at Saudi Arabia.

That is to be expected.
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The minds of the idle...
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:12:45 PM

What Obamamama got nothing better to do...
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:12:29 PM

OK
jimedB
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:12:16 PM

Don't they run antivirus programs and a firewall to block this kind of stuff? Or they trying to tell us that we are wasting our money on these programs that don't work and if a hacker wants in bad enough they will find a way.
eswi
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:12:05 PM

OK
dongo50
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:11:10 PM

sounds like a crock to me.
millerin
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:10:47 PM

hmm...
rawdog1313
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:09:03 PM

Put them away........
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Key US fed mandate ... keep the USA safe ... don't try to tell us how to live our lives.
MACCLENNY9
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just punk hooligans,lock-em up
gocatgo
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:05:50 PM

No Duh and this creates shortages. Thank you Big oil.
NorthglennBill
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:04:56 PM

Maybe the power plants should be disconnected from the internet. Maybe their own net like "electonet" of something.
Jeffro61
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Message Posted: Aug 18, 2012 11:04:27 PM

What comes around goes around.
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Find them and put them in solitary for 50 years.
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