Danger! Virus Discovered That Targets America’s Electrical Grid

Two security firms, ESET and Dragos, released reports about the discovery of a virus that aims to damage equipment on any nation’s electric grid. The virus is called Industroyer, also known as “Crash Override,” and targets computers that control electrical substations and circuit breakers.

After electric power is generated, it flows through multiple substations to be delivered to customers. A circuit breaker is an automatically operated switch that protects an electrical circuit from damage caused by excess current from an overload or short circuit. Hence, a virus that aims for substations and circuit breakers could turn off power, create rolling blackouts or physically damage equipment on the grid.

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