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Ransomware Linked to Iran, Targets Industrial Controls

  • Israeli company says Bahrain Petroleum may be potential victim
  • Code goes after specific programs, many tied to GE: Otorio

An Israeli cybersecurity firm said it believes a new strain of ransomware was created by Iran and has the ability to lock up or even delete industrial control systems.

Tel Aviv-based Otorio, a cybersecurity firm which specializes in industrial control systems (ICS), said that the ransomware called “Snake,” like others of its kind, encrypts programs and documents on infected machines. But it also removes all file copies from infected stations, preventing the victims from recovering encrypted files.