Russian cyber attacks on the US energy sector: What you need to know

“Here’s what you need to know:

Russian government cyber actors have targeted critical infrastructure sectors in the United States since March 2016, including the energy, nuclear, commercial facilities, water, aviation, and critical manufacturing sectors, according to the alert.

Computer screenshots released by the Department of Homeland Security last week demonstrate that Russian state hackers had the foothold they would have needed to manipulate or shut down power plants, according to the New York Times.

A Symantec report from last October showed a sophisticated attack on the Western energy sector by a group that “appears to be interested in both learning how energy facilities operate and also gaining access to operational systems themselves, to the extent that the group now potentially has the ability to sabotage or gain control of these systems should it decide to do so.”

At least one nuclear plant was targeted, but the operating systems at nuclear plants tend to be legacy controls lacking digital control systems that can be exploited by hackers, Bloomberg reported.”

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