US sanctions Russian research institute linked to dangerous malware

Source : 112 Ukraine

Treasury Secretary accuses Moscow of continuing to carry out dangerous cyberspace activities against America
08:30, 24 October 2020

Open source

The United States imposed sanctions against the Russian Central Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics. Washington accused the company of being linked to the Triton hacker program, ostensibly designed to harm industrial facilities in the United States and its allies.This is reported by the country's Department of the Treasury.

The Triton malware — known also as TRISIS and HatMan in open source reporting — was designed specifically to target and manipulate industrial safety systems. Such systems provide for the safe emergency shutdown of industrial processes at critical infrastructure facilities in order to protect human life. The cyber actors behind the Triton malware have been referred to by the private cybersecurity industry as “the most dangerous threat activity publicly known.”

Related: U.S. court finds Russian hacker Seleznev guilty of cyber crime

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin accused Moscow of continuing to carry out dangerous cyberspace activities against America.

As we reported earlier, the United States government announced an extension of sanctions against companies that service vessels laying the Nord Stream II pipeline.

The restrictions concern services or funding for modernization or setting equipment on these vessels.

Related: U.S. court provides indictment toward six Russian GRU officers for world-wide cyber attacks

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