Unknown Actor Targets South African Power Generator

September 29, 2023


Researchers have uncovered a suspected cyberattack targeting a power generator in southern Africa with a new variant of the SystemBC malware. The attack was carried out by an unknown hacker group in March of this year, according to a report by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky. The hackers used a Cobalt Strike tool and DroxiDat — a new variant of the SystemBC payload — to profile compromised systems and establish remote connections on the electric utility.

No ransomware was delivered to the organization, however.

Incident Date

March 8, 2023


South Africa

Estimated Cost

No cost values disclosed.

Type of Malware

No Malware identified

Threat Source

No threat source identified