US wants to isolate power grids with ‘retro’ technology to limit cyber-attacks

The US is very close to improving power grid security by mandating the use of “retro” (analog, manual) technologies on US power grids as a defensive measure against foreign cyber-attacks that could bring down power distribution as a result. The Read More …

U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid

The United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin and a demonstration of how the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy cybertools more aggressively, current and Read More …

South African Power Firm Eskom Fails To Secure Customer Data

A security researcher resorted to a public tweet about a serious data breach involving customer data, after a South African electricity provider ignored all other pleas to resolve the leak. Security researcher Devin Stokes issued the public tweet to Eskom, which Read More …

Can you recover the power grid after a cyberattack? The Department of Energy finds out

The US Department of Energy (DoE) is planning a “hands-on” test of the real-world consequences associated with successful cyberattacks against core country services. Cyberattacks levied against critical infrastructure, smart grids, and utilities are not a future possibility; but rather, they Read More …

Poor cybersecurity could destabilise increasingly complex energy grids

The future of smart energy grids, with automatic management of both supply and demand, is “looking really interesting”, says Phil Kernick, chief technology officer at security firm CQR Consulting. But the current state of the technology and its security is Read More …

No big deal… Kremlin hackers ‘jumped air-gapped networks’ to pwn US power utilities

  The US Department of Homeland Security is once again accusing Russian government hackers of penetrating America’s critical infrastructure. Uncle Sam’s finest reckon Moscow’s agents managed to infiltrate computers networks within US electric utilities – to the point where the Read More …

Dragonfly 2.0: Hacking Group Infiltrated European and US Power Facilities

The notorious hacking group that has been in operation since at least 2011 has re-emerged and is still interested in targeting the United States and European companies in the energy sector. Yes, I am talking about the ‘Dragonfly,’ a well-resourced, Read More …

Many Factors Conspire in ICS/SCADA Attacks

Critical infrastructure operators can’t be blamed for a perpetual case of whiplash. They are mired between hackers targeting internet-facing and air-gapped systems with equal precision, and vendors and management unwilling to properly tackle security for fear of downtime and incompatibility. Read More …