Russian hackers infiltrated the control rooms of multiple electric utilities
Russian hackers infiltrated the control rooms of multiple electric utilities over the past year, gaining the ability to cause blackouts and grid disruptions, officials from the Department of Homeland Security said on a Monday web briefing.
Hackers were able to breach isolated, “air-gapped” utility networks thought to be secure, officials said, and “got to the point where they could throw switches” on the grid to disrupt power flows. The attacks claimed “hundreds of victims,” more than the dozens DHS has previously acknowledged.
The hackers accessed utility networks by compromising vendor companies who do business with the utilities, officials said. The attacks began in 2016, continued through last year and are ongoing.
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