New CosmicEnergy Malware Targets Critical Infrastructure

Security researchers from Mandiant according to their findings CosmicEnergy malware, developed by a Russia-based information technology company, targets RTU devices that are used to manage various industrial systems in Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

First spotted on VirusTotal by a Russian IP address in December 2021, the malware also bears several similarities with the Industroyer and Industroyer V2 malicious campaigns targeting Ukraine.

The malware appears to have been developed by Russian cybersecurity company Rostelecom-Solar aka Solar Security, Mandiant said. As a result of the analysis, it was said that CosmicEnergy includes modules from a project called “Solar Polygon” and that the company received various funds from the Russian government to simulate power cuts.

Although the researchers said they could not pinpoint the exact source of the pest, they also underlined that these tools may have been specially developed by Rostelecom-Solar to conduct various well-intentioned security tests and cyber drills on energy grids.

However, it is also stated that attackers can carry out effective cyber attacks on various targets using tools that have become available on platforms such as VirusTotal and pose a serious threat to industrial systems.

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