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PipeDream: The Industrial Control Systems Worst Nightmare

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Malware attacks have been on a high streak recently. After all, last year, the Feds warned about Chernovite (one of the most feared threat groups), but apparently, not enough people listened. The group developed PipeDream, a malware targetted mainly at Industrial Constrol Systems (ICS). It is meant to cause damage and disrupt fundamental electric, liquid and gas companies all over the world.

The main worry around PipeDream is its ability to affect several infrastructure sectors simultaneously, which can substantially lower the entry barrier for other attackers. With half of the world facing an energy crisis, this malware can represent the final breath of ICS.

In this article, we will discuss what ransomware is, how PipeDream is a Dantesque incarnation of this threat, and how companies can protect themselves against this problem.

What Is PipeDream?

Malware is a type of software designed to damage, disrupt, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system or network. It can take many forms, including viruses, worms, Trojans, spyware, adware, and ransomware, and is typically spread through malicious email attachments, infected websites, or software vulnerabilities.

PipeDream is a new and scarier type of malware that was designed to attack both programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and industrial control systems (ICS). The Feds called it a ‘Swiss Army Knife’ for Hacking Industrial Control Systems.

Why Is It Dangerous?

Here are some of the pain points that businesses face when it comes to malware attacks:

Data theft: Malware can be designed to steal sensitive data such as financial information, login credentials, personal identifiable information, and trade secrets. Cybercriminals can use this information for identity theft, fraud, and other criminal activities.

Financial loss: Hackers can steal banking information, compromise online payment systems, or hijack user accounts to make unauthorized transactions.

System damage: Malware can damage the computer system, leading to loss of data, system crashes, and other problems that may require costly repairs or replacements.

Network disruption: Lastly, this type of malicious software can spread quickly through a network, causing widespread damage and disrupting business operations.

How Should a Company Handle Malware?

At Skyriver IT, we understand the importance of taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity. We offer a range of services that can help businesses protect themselves against malware attacks, including:

Network Security: Our network security services include firewalls, intrusion detection systems, and regular vulnerability assessments.

Employee Training: We offer employee training programs that help employees recognize and avoid phishing emails and other social engineering tactics.

Data Backup and Recovery: We offer data backup and recovery services that ensure that businesses can recover their data in the event of a malware attack.

24/7 Monitoring: We offer 24/7 monitoring services that detect and respond to potential threats in real-time.

In addition to these services, we also offer regular training and educational resources to our clients, ensuring that they are up-to-date with the latest cybersecurity trends and best practices.


The threat of malware attacks is a reality that all businesses must face in today's digital age. PipeDream, in particular, poses a significant danger to Industrial Control Systems, which can have severe consequences on the world's infrastructure.

However, by taking a proactive approach to cybersecurity and working with trusted IT experts like Skyriver IT, businesses can mitigate the risks of malware attacks and ensure the safety and security of their data and operations. Don't wait for a cyberattack to happen - take action now and protect your business from the potential consequences of malware.

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