Russia is Hacking
By Micah Halpern
Both Microsoft and the government of the United States have discovered that Russia has been attacking Ukraine with digital hacks.
In fact, Russia has been aggressively targeting infrastructure and media and communications systems. It is part of a larger military strategy initiated by Russia to strike and disrupt life in Ukraine.
The Russians are, of course, using the standard bot and malicious software.
The United States discovered a Russian cyber weapon called “Pipe Dream.”
Pipe Dream is extremely dangerous. It targets Industrial Control Systems (ISC). That means power grids, water supplies, hospitals, pumping stations, sewage, trains and bridges. Pipedream is called a Swiss Army Knife because it has so very many adjustable tools.
It was discovered by a group of US teams working to keep the United States safe. The Department of Energy, the Department of Cyber Security, the Infrastructure Security Agency, the NSA, and the FBI all played a role in uncovering Pipe Dream.
Making it even more of a threat, Pipe Dream’s attack software targets Open Platform Communications Unified Architecture (OPC UA). That is our internet and computer systems.
To complicate matters, Pipe Dream may not have been developed by Russian hackers. It was probably purchased from Schneider Electric or from Omicron- both are now selling this product.
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