The Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned a Russian government research institution linked to Triton malware targeting industrial safety systems, the first time the U.S. took such an action for an industrial control system attack.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin called out the Russian government for continuing “to engage in dangerous cyber activities aimed at the U.S. and its allies.” The State Research Center of the Russian Federation FGUP Central Scientific Research Institute of Chemistry and Mechanics built the tools behind a 2017 Triton attack on a petrochemical facility in the Middle East.

The malware, also known as Trisis and Hatman, has been used against U.S. partners in the Middle East, and the agency said in a release that Triton hackers have been reportedly scanning and probing U.S. facilities.

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