Botnet malware disguises itself as password cracker for industrial controllers

Industrial engineers and operators are being lured into running backdoor malware disguised as tools for recovering access to work systems.

These programs offer to crack passwords for specific programmable logic controllers, according to security shop Dragos this month.

According to their online ads, the cracking tools can help unlock products from more than a dozen electronics manufacturing companies, including Siemens, Mitsubishi, Fuji, Panasonic, LG, and Omron.

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Source: The Register