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Ransomware attacks are now targeting industrial control systems

Ekans ransomware is designed to target industrial systems in what researchers describe as a “deeply concerning evolution” in malware.

Cyber criminals are launching ransomware attacks that are specifically targeting industrial control systems (ICS) in what researchers say is the first instance of file-encrypting malware being built to directly infect computer networks that control operations in manufacturing and utilities environments.

A new threat report from cybersecurity company Dragos details the characteristics of the ransomware known as Ekans. This ransomware – also known as Snake – first emerged in December 2019 and has been designed for use against Windows systems used in industrial environments.

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