A leading information technology security expert says the recent hacking of power infrastructure in the Ukraine is a wake-up call for utilities who had been ignoring warnings about the threats posed. Hackers, suspected to have originated in Russia, succeeded in shutting down the Ukraine’s power grid last week in what security experts say is the first such case resulting in a power outage.
Power Engineering International 11th Jan 2016 read more »
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday it was helping Ukraine investigate an apparent attack last month on the country’s power grid that caused a blackout for 80,000 customers. Experts have widely described the Dec. 23 incident at western Ukraine’s Prykarpattyaoblenergo utility as the first known power outage caused by a cyber attack. Ukraine’s SBU state security service has blamed Russia for the incident, while U.S. cyber firm iSight Partners linked it to a Russian hacking group known as “Sandworm.”
Reuters 12th Jan 2016 read more »
An audit report has called on the US nuclear agency to revise its IT contracts to ensure better cyber security.
Computer Weekly 13th Jan 2016 read more »