Energy


  • U.S. warns businesses of hacking campaign against nuclear, energy firms

    July 1, 2017

    The U.S government warned industrial firms this week about a hacking campaign targeting the nuclear and energy sectors, the latest event to highlight the power industry’s vulnerability to cyber attacks. Since at least May, hackers used tainted “phishing” emails to “harvest credentials” so they could gain access to networks of their targets, according to a joint ...

  • Petya cyber attack: Ransomware spreads across Europe with firms in Ukraine, Britain and Spain shut down

    June 27, 2017

    Major firms, airports and government departments in Ukraine have been struck by a massive cyber attack which began to spread across Europe on Tuesday afternoon. In Ukraine, government departments, the central bank, a state-run aircraft manufacturer,  the airport in Kiev and  the metro network have all been paralysed by the hack. In the UK, the advertising firm WPP said ...

  • Oil & Gas Industry Faces More Frequent & Sophisticated Cyber Attacks: Deloitte

    June 27, 2017

    Three out of four oil and natural gas companies fell victim to at least one cyber attack last year as hacking efforts against the industry become more frequent and sophisticated. That’s the finding from a report released Monday by industry consultant Deloitte LLP. Technology advances, such as Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s recent control of operations in Argentina ...

  • Targeting the Energy Sector

    June 19, 2017

    When we think about critical infrastructures, we tend to think about energy. Whether electric power lines or supplies to oil and gas, cut off access to energy, and our worlds go dark. Though you can certainly argue that other industries are just as critical—pharmaceuticals, food supply and others—it is the energy sector that seems to ...

  • Dangerous Malware Discovered that Can Take Down Electric Power Grids

    June 12, 2017

    Last December, a cyber attack on Ukrainian Electric power grid caused the power outage in the northern part of Kiev — the country’s capital — and surrounding areas, causing a blackout for tens of thousands of citizens for an hour and fifteen minutes around midnight. Now, security researchers have discovered the culprit behind those cyber attacks ...

  • WAPA And Energy Industry Partners Continue Dialogue On Threats Of Cyber Attacks On Electrical Systems

    June 2, 2017

    Personnel from the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority were among the participants in a continued discussion on Friday about the risks of cyberattacks on electric generating and distribution systems, WAPA has made known. The Cyber-Physical Modeling and Simulation for Situational Awareness (CYMSA) project is a three-year-old initiative, funded through the Department of Energy’s Office of ...

  • GE Renewable Energy To Provide Cyber Security For Invenergy Wind Turbine Fleet

    May 26, 2017

    In the second agreement announced between the two companies this week, GE Renewable Energy has been selected to provide cyber security for Invenergy’s fleet of wind turbines. On Thursday, it was announced that GE Renewable Energy had been chosen to provide 300 megawatts (MW) worth of wind turbines to an Invenergy wind project being developed in ...

  • Cyber security audits on power transmission communication systems from July

    May 18, 2017

    New Delhi: The Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) has said it is mandatory for Regional Power Committees to conduct third party cyber security audits on communication systems of electricity transmission towers from July It said the third party audit can be conducted only by CERT-In (India Computer Emergency Response Team). The commission has come out with directives ...

  • UK businesses concerned about cyber-risks linked to smart energy tech

    May 8, 2017

    The latest PwC B2B Energy Survey found that 65 percent of UK businesses are significantly concerned about the issue of cyber-risks and over half (51 percent) are worried that their client data isn’t handled with enough security by their energy supplier. The research included responses from more than 500 UK businesses. If their energy supplier fell victim ...

  • Siemens, Darktrace form cyber security partnership

    May 1, 2017

    Darktrace, a provider of Enterprise and Industrial Immune System technology, and Siemens, a global engineering and technology provider, have entered into a strategic partnership to bring cyber defense for operational technology (OT) to the oil and gas industry and electric utilities. With Darktrace’s Industrial Immune System and Siemens’ domain OT security expertise, the partnership will ...

  • DOE releases results of energy cybersecurity emergency exercise

    April 25, 2017

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released the findings and recommendations from Liberty Eclipse, a multi-state cyber-energy preparedness exercise hosted by DOE and the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) in December 2016. The exercise simulated a cyber attack on the energy infrastructure, including electricity, gasoline, jet fuel, heating oil, and other energy services, ...

  • Airports and nuclear power stations on terror alert as government officials warn of ‘credible’ cyber threat

    April 2, 2017

    Britain’s airports and nuclear power stations have been told to tighten their defences against terrorist attacks in the face of increased threats to electronic security systems. Security services have issued a series of alerts in the past 24 hours, warning that terrorists may have developed ways of bypassing safety checks. Intelligence agencies believe that Islamic State of ...

  • Security Fail: Hackers Drawn to Energy Sector’s Lack of Controls

    March 8, 2017

    Oil and gas companies, including some of the most celebrated industry names in the Houston area, are facing increasingly sophisticated hackers seeking to steal trade secrets and disrupt operations, according to a newspaper investigation. A stretch of the Gulf Coast near Houston features one of the largest concentrations of refineries, pipelines and chemical plants in the ...

  • Study reveals cybersecurity readiness gaps in US oil and gas industry

    February 16, 2017

    A survey of US oil and gas cybersecurity risk managers indicates that the deployment of cybersecurity measures in the industry isn’t keeping pace with the growth of digitalization in oil and gas operations. In a study from the Ponemon Institute – The State of Cybersecurity in the Oil & Gas Industry: United States – just ...

  • U.S. Grid in ‘Imminent Danger’ From Cyber-Attack, Study Says

    January 6, 2017

    The U.S. Energy Department says the electricity system “faces imminent danger” from cyber-attacks, which are growing more frequent and sophisticated, but grid operators say they are already on top of the problem. In the department’s landmark Quadrennial Energy Review, it warned that a widespread power outage caused by a cyber-attack could undermine “critical defense infrastructure” as ...