Safety Instrumented System Disabled by Triton Malware

March 19, 2021


Triton, which has been called the Worlds 1st murderous malware was discovered in 2017. In December 2017, it was reported that the safety systems of an unidentified petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia were compromised when the Triconex industrial safety technology made by Schneider Electric SE was targeted in what is believed to have been a state sponsored attack. The computer security company Symantec claimed that the malware, known as "Triton", exploited a vulnerability in computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system. The intention of Triton was to disable the safety instrumented systems, thus earning the name of the 1st murderous malware.

Incident Date

August 1, 2017


Saudi Arabia

Estimated Cost

No cost values disclosed.