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Research and Briefings

Triton – The Deadly New Industrial Cyberweapon


The lines between the digital and the physical world are becoming increasingly intertwined and the effects of viruses and malware which have previously been confined to cyberspace are now having physical consequences in the real world.

Triton is the ‘new kid’ on the malware block. It was first spotted in 2017 when it was used against a petrochemical plant owned by Tasnee in Saudi Arabia[i]. Also known as Trisis, it has been engineered to target a specific type of industrial control system (ICS), namely the Triconex safety instrumented systems (SIS) controllers developed by Schneider Electric.[ii]

The Triton malware is especially concerning as the sole purpose of the code is to, via these SIS systems, cause process shutdowns and tamper with emergency controls – in particular the failsafe functions that prevent catastrophic industrial accidents.

In this client briefing, our Cyber team outlines:

  • how the Triton hackers operated in the case of the Tasnee Plant;
  • industries that could be in the crosshairs and;
  • pre-emptive measures that organisations can take today.

[i] Perlroth, N. and Krauss, C. (2018). A Cyberattack in Saudi Arabia Had a Deadly Goal. Experts Fear Another Try.. [online] Nytimes.com. Available at: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/15/technology/saudi-arabia-hacks-cyberattacks.html [Accessed 6 Jun. 2019].

[ii] Osborne, C. (2019). Triton hackers return with new, covert industrial attack | ZDNet. [online] ZDNet. Available at: https://www.zdnet.com/article/triton-hackers-return-with-new-industrial-attack/ [Accessed 6 Jun. 2019].

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