US plants hit by USB stick malware attack

Posted in: Legal & Security at 17/01/2013 13:38

Two power plants in the US were affected by malware attacks in 2012, a security authority has said.

In its latest quarterly newsletter, the US Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) said "common and sophisticated" attacks had taken place.

Malware had infected each plant's system after being inadvertently brought in on a USB stick, it said.

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