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Blackjack hackers crush 87k sensors with deadly ICS malware

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  • A group of hackers known as “Blackjack” has launched a devastating attack on industrial control systems worldwide, disabling 87,000 sensors with their custom-built malware, Fuxnet.
  • The malware targets a wide range of ICS devices in critical infrastructure sectors, posing a significant threat to global safety and security.

In a recent attack on industrial control systems (ICS) worldwide, a group of cybercriminals known as “Blackjack” deployed custom-built malware called “Fuxnet” to disable 87,000 sensors, causing disruptions in manufacturing processes, energy production, and water treatment facilities. The highly sophisticated malware targets a variety of ICS devices, including programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and human-machine interfaces (HMIs). The Blackjack group strategically targeted vital industries such as manufacturing, energy, and water treatment facilities, resulting in significant economic losses and potential threats to public safety.

The attack has prompted ongoing investigations by authorities worldwide, with cybersecurity experts and law enforcement agencies working to identify the hackers behind the attack and develop effective countermeasures. The incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of robust cybersecurity measures in the industrial sector to protect critical infrastructure from evolving cyber threats.

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