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Utilities Prepare for Increased Cyberattacks on the Electric Grid

Utilities Prepare for Increased Cyberattacks on the Electric Grid More electric utilities and energy companies are turning to cybersecurity vendors for protection against attempted attacks, a growing threat highlighted by the recent disclosure of Russian hacking into their communications networks last year. The U.S. utility sector faces millions of attempted cyber intrusions a day. Duke … Continue reading Utilities Prepare for Increased Cyberattacks on the Electric Grid

Cyberattack on U.S. power grid must trigger coordinated action

Cyberattack on U.S. power grid must trigger coordinated action With irrefutable proof in hand that hackers have penetrated the U.S. electricity supply system, and the tragic situation in Puerto Rico reminding us that life without electricity is harsh — not only no lights, but no banks, ATMs, internet or communications, limited food and water supplies, … Continue reading Cyberattack on U.S. power grid must trigger coordinated action

After alert on #Russian_hacking, a renewed focus on protecting U.S. power grid

After alert on Russian hacking, a renewed focus on protecting U.S. power grid The joint alert from the FBI and Department of Homeland Security last month warning that Russia was hacking into critical U.S. energy infrastructure came as no surprise to the nation’s largest grid operator, PJM Interconnection. “You will never stop people from trying … Continue reading After alert on #Russian_hacking, a renewed focus on protecting U.S. power grid

Electric grid hacking exercise puts spotlight on shortage of security clearances

Electric grid hacking exercise puts spotlight on shortage of security clearances As foreign hackers continue to probe the U.S. grid for weaknesses, a cyber exercise for the North American energy sector has shown that many utility personnel still lack access to the classified information needed to stay on top of the threat. Not enough utility … Continue reading Electric grid hacking exercise puts spotlight on shortage of security clearances

#Puerto_Rico ‘s Electric Utility #Hacked in Weekend Attack

Puerto Rico’s Electric Utility Hacked in Weekend Attack PREPA, the power utility company of Puerto Rico, saw its computer infrastructure suffer an attack on Sunday, but no customer records were compromised. That’s the bad and good news according to statements from the company. With no customer records compromised and no impact on the electrical grid, … Continue reading #Puerto_Rico ‘s Electric Utility #Hacked in Weekend Attack

#Malware found in #Entergy ‘s corporate network raises MISO alert

Malware found in Entergy’s corporate network raises MISO alert The malware has been eradicated and MISO has dropped its threat level back to 0, or Green, but the event is a reminder of threats the utility industry faces and demonstrates how seriously they are taken. Entergy said there is no evidence customer data was compromised, … Continue reading #Malware found in #Entergy ‘s corporate network raises MISO alert

Breach of popular control system for power plants shows increasing hacker sophistication

Breach of popular control system for power plants shows increasing hacker sophistication Attempted cyberattacks targeting the electric industry are a daily occurrence, but this new incident, possibly in Saudi Arabia, highlights how much more sophisticated hackers are becoming. “This is a watershed,” Sergio Caltagirone, head of threat intelligence at security firm Dragos, told Reuters. “Others … Continue reading Breach of popular control system for power plants shows increasing hacker sophistication

Why ‘secure’ isn’t secure enough in the utilities sector

Why ‘secure’ isn’t secure enough in the utilities sector Cybersecurity of critical energy infrastructure is a growing concern because the industry is experiencing a significant overhaul as grids, power, water and gas become increasingly smart and automated. For utility companies, the consequences of inadequate cybersecurity include service and grid outages affecting thousands of customers, if … Continue reading Why ‘secure’ isn’t secure enough in the utilities sector