Wednesday January 06, 2016

Hackers Caused A Blackout For The First Time

Can someone explain to me again why mission critical systems are connected to the internet? It's not like an electrical substation or nuclear power plant has to check its Facebook page.

Half of the homes in Ukraine's Ivano-Frankivsk region were left without power for several hours on December 23rd, according to a local report that attributed the blackout to a virus that disconnected electrical substations from the grid. Researchers at iSight on Monday said their analysis of malware found on the systems of at least three regional electrical operators confirmed that a "destructive" cyberattack led to the power outage.

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