Delta Elektroniks highly likely supported by the Russian government and a direct threat to energy sector supply chain operations

Treadstone 71 asserts with high confidence that Delta Elektroniks (DE) is likely a front company directly associated with Energetic Bear (Dragonfly), and the equipment purchased from DE is vulnerable to supply chain threats due to malware embedded in the Taiwanese Delta Electronics (T-DE) programmable logic controller (PLC) software. T-DE is not aware of the infections allowing customers to download and install infected PLC software for the initial purposes of cyber espionage. Long term intentions include possible physical sabotage operations. The PLCs appear to be genuine production parts with malware introduced post production. Verification of Oleg Vladimirovich Strekozov’s identity is incomplete; the name is likely fictitious and probably state-sponsored. Evidence that suggests this outcome:

Malware Targets SCADA Devices

  • TTPs are like Dragonfly or Energetic Bear (B2)
  • Targeting SCADA devices is consistent with espionage practices (B2)
    • Provides hackers a foothold into US critical infrastructure Delta Website in Taiwan
  • A copycat website in Russia is suspicious and consistent with masquerade techniques (C3)
  • A legitimate Russian business would not conduct themselves in such a way (C2)
  • Multiple other sites deliver the same software (C3) …

The full report: Intelligence Games in the Power Grid – 2016

The associated PPTX: Treadstone 71 Intelligence Games in the Power Grid

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