According to a report published on by Honeywell, malware-based attacks against industrial facilities mostly leverage USB removable storage devices. Experts from Honeywell analyzed data collected with the Secure Media Exchange (SMX), a product it has launched in 2017 and that was designed to protect industrial facilities from USB-borne threats. The experts analyzed attacks against energy, oil and gas, chemical manufacturing, pulp and paper, and other sectors, they collected data from 50 locations in four continents. In 44% of the analyzed locations, the SMX product had blocked at least one suspicious file, experts pointed out that of the neutralized threats, 26% could have caused major disruptions to ICS systems. 16% of the malware detected by the product was specifically designed to target ICS or IoT systems, and 15% of the samples belonged to high profile families such as Mirai (6%), Stuxnet (2%), Triton (2%), and WannaCry (1%).
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