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Kiev airport goes offline after BlackEnergy-linked power outage

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January 18, 2016

There's been no finger pointing just yet, but critical IT systems at Kiev's main airport were down over the weekend.

The incident has sparked a renewed warning from Ukraine's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-UA) about further so-called 'BlackEnergy' malware-based attacks.

“Attention-- System administrators present a short list of indicators that network systems and networks have been compromised with BlackEnergy malware,” CERT-UA said in an advisory.

“We recommend checking the log files and information flows for the presence or absence of these indicators,” it added.

Malware similar to the BlackEnergy pathogen that reportedly affected three Ukrainian power utilities last month was detected this weekend on computers at Kiev's main airport, Boryspil, according to the airport's press service.

To be sure, the BlackEnergy malware and hackers were clearly behind power outages in western Ukraine, a SANS expert recently concluded.

Unsurprisingly, Russia is the prime suspect in the malfeasance in which malware spread using spear-phishing and is believed to have played a major role in the attack.

Source: Ukraine's Computer Emergency Response Team.

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