Hack attack detected on energy gear in the U.S. and other countries

The discovery of a sophisticated hack attack against electricity companies and petroleum pipeline operators in the U.S. and several other nations has spurred fears that the energy industry could become an increasing target for cyber crooks.

In a blog post today, Mountain View security firm Symantec said it has discovered a hacking scheme it called Dragonfly, which “managed to compromise a number of strategically important organizations for spying purposes and, if they had used the sabotage capabilities open to them, could have caused damage or disruption to energy supplies in affected countries.”

Noting that Dragonfly appears to have been in operation since 2011 and likely is based in Eastern Europe, Symantec noted that most of the targets were in the United States, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Turkey and Poland.

Concerns about hackers disrupting energy operations have intensified since the so-called Stuxnet malware disabled Iran’s nuclear energy equipment in 2010, an attack widely attributed to the U.S.

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  • Bill__Kennedy

    Our American establishment has a solution – they want to greatly increase high tech visas like H1-B, so we can bring in lots more software workers from China and Eastern Europe, places which we know are expert on how to break cybersecurity; they think that will help a lot.

    ‘Though considerable attention has been focused on Chinese cyberespionage efforts, the institute is at the vanguard of a related push to bolster China’s competitiveness by acquiring overseas technology directly from Chinese scientists working in the United States and other developed countries, say American officials and analysts.’