A report by the Wall Street Journal on Monday revealed that the control rooms of hundreds of electricity providers in the United States were compromised previous year due to a supposed ongoing campaign against power company vendors by Russian hackers.
The Russian state-sponsored group referred to as Dragonfly or Energetic Bear is responsible for attacking "hundreds of victims" in 2017 and shows no sign of stopping at this time. On Monday, The Wall Street Journal reported an update on the situation, citing a briefing by officials from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
The attack began in spring 2016, continued throughout 2017 and is likely still ongoing, investigators added.
Hackers working for Russian Federation compromised power companies' networks, giving them the ability to cause blackouts, federal officials warn. After gaining access to vendor networks, hackers turned their attention to stealing credentials for access to the utility networks and familiarizing themselves with facility operations, officials said, according to the Journal. For example, the hackers vacuumed up information showing how utility networks were configured, what equipment was in use and how it was controlled. Some firms may not know about hacking, hackers hard to detect, as they used the credentials of employees.
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About it, referring to The Wall Street Journal, reports "Radio Freedom".
A hot potato: Cyber threats to industrial infrastructure should be taken seriously, says Robert M. Lee, CEO of cybersecurity firm Dragos, but some publications are using "choice words" that mislead and hype up the issue. "What was observed is incredibly concerning but images of imminent blackouts are not representative of what happened which was more akin to reconnaissance into sensitive networks".
The DHS, meanwhile, has been warning utility executives about the group since 2014. Just this month, FERC directed NERC to expand the criteria under which utilities must report an attack to federal authorities, including attempted breaches of reliability protocol in addition to successful attacks.