Crashoverride / Industroyer Malware

CrashOverrride is an industrial control system cyberattack launched in December 2016 that created a massive blackout in Kiev, Ukraine. Also known as Industroyer by security firm ESET, CrashOverride is a form of malware developed with capabilities to control electricity substation switches and circuit breakers on a wide scale.

The Industroyer / CrashOverrride malware doesn’t need to target any zero-day exploits or unpatched security vulnerabilities to do its damage; instead it communicates directly with industrial hardware through communication protocols that were designed many years in the past without significant security in mind.

CrashOverrride / Industroyer Malware

Industroyer Image Source: ESET

Following in the Footsteps of Stuxnet and BlackEnergy

CrashOverride also isn’t the first form of malware to target electricity substations, as it followed an attack known as BlackEnergy that created a blackout in the Ukraine in 2015.

The CrashOverrride / Industroyer malware also shares similarities with the Stuxnet malware that targeted an Iranian power plant in 2010 and which also used its ability to communicate directly with industrial hardware to do its damage.

These forms of malware have brought to light just how vulnerable industrial environments and most environments in our increasingly Internet of Things (IoT) world can be to cyberattacks.

Defending against them requires a multilayer approach that can be difficult to apply when dealing with hardware and software systems that were developed many years ago without sophisticated or even basic in many cases security measures taken into consideration.

Forrest Stroud
Forrest Stroud
Forrest is an experienced, entrepreneurial and well-rounded professional with 15+ years covering technology, business software, website design, programming and more.

Top Articles

Huge List Of Texting and Online Chat Abbreviations

From A3 to ZZZ we list 1,559 text message and online chat abbreviations to help you translate and understand today's texting lingo. Includes Top...

How To Create A Desktop Shortcut To A Website

This Webopedia guide will show you how to create a desktop shortcut to a website using Firefox, Chrome or Internet Explorer (IE). Creating a desktop...

The History Of Windows Operating Systems

Microsoft Windows is a family of operating systems. We look at the history of Microsoft's Windows operating systems (Windows OS) from 1985 to present...

Hotmail [Outlook] Email Accounts

  By Vangie Beal Hotmail is one of the first public webmail services that can be accessed from any web browser. Prior to Hotmail and its...

Common Business-Oriented Language (COBOL)...

What is COBOL? COBOL stands for Common Business-Oriented Language. It is a 60-year-old programming...

Shared Hosting Definition &...

Shared hosting is a web hosting model in which multiple sites occupy the...

Database Integration Definition &...

Database integration consolidates data from multiple sources to provide businesses with more comprehensive...