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January 15, 2016

How Hackers Disabled Ukraine Power Grid: Lessons For U.S. And Europe

When hundreds of Ukrainians in the Ivano-Frankivsk region lost power two weeks ago, government officials blamed Russians with disrupting the utilities’ software and jamming its telephone lines to prevent customers from alerting anyone, Hacked reported. These claims evoked fears of a worst-case scenario coming to life.

However, cybersecurity researchers who investigated the power failure have since determined that the attack was not of the level that could undermine a major power grid in 15 minutes, according to Bloomberg.

Europe And U.S.: Tougher Targets

European and U.S. power grids are more automated and much tougher targets. To attack Manhattan’s power system, [...]

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December 21, 2015

Study: U.S. Power Grid Is Vulnerable to State-Sponsored Hackers

All networks, equipment, and computers can be hacked. A smart coffee maker can be hacked. So too, can a power station that figures in the grid of an entire country. Are such threats overstated? Or, is there a genuine reason to be concerned?

Here’s the good news first. Malicious attackers haven’t pulled the plug to switch off the power from their remote locations. The bad news? It may be entirely possible that a group of ill-intending hackers may have gained the necessary blueprints and knowledge to do just that, after an investigation by the Associated Press revealed that cyber-attackers have systematically carved a hole to gain access to critical operation networks. These [...]

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