US cracks down on Russian institute for computer attack
24th October 2020

US officials have imposed sanctions on a Russian government-backed research institute that developed a computer system able to cause massive industrial damage from afar.

Treasury officials contend the Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics institute — also known by its Russian acronym, TsNIIKhM — built “customized tools that enabled the attack” on an unidentified Middle Eastern petrochemical facility in 2017, Reuters reported Saturday.

Those responsible for the malware checked out at least 20 electric utilities in the US for potential vulnerabilities, Treasury officials said.

Russia accused the Treasury officials of lying and criticized the sanctions.

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