Former member of hacktivist group Anonymous, Mike ‘sting3r’ Jones discusses a new cyber threat to Big Oil and how the sector might combat it.
2017 brought a new threat to the industrial landscape and a new weapon.
The weapon was Triton malware also known as “Trisis”.
This malware took advantage of the safety instrumented system of a Saudi Arabian petrochemical plant.
The triconex Tricon possessed vulnerabilities within the bounds of a memory buffer allowing attacker to remotely exploit specifically with HatMan malware.
The dawn of this type of malware created a huge shift in risk and brought to light a new psychology among hackers – to create an attack which could both damage systems as well as potentially harm humans.
This is a good sign that cyberwar is not only here but active and a physical menace.
The advancement of this malware and the methodology of attack is a strong ioc (indicator of compromise) for state sponsored