from Off Grid Survival:
Earlier this month, while speaking at RSA, Admiral Michael S. Rogers, U.S. Navy, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service, warned that coming cyber-attacks could spell doom for not only the power grid but our entire financial infrastructure as well.
During his keynote speech at RSA, the world’s largest cyber security event, Rogers told attendees that it’s “matter of when, not if” cyber hackers successfully attack the grid. He told the crowd that the recent December 23, 2015 cyber-attack in the Ukraine, where a group of hackers successfully penetrated the Ukraine power grid and took large segments of it offline, was a precursor to what we could see in the future.
Although we have presented evidence that this has happened numerous times in the past, the Ukrainian attack is the first publicly acknowledged hacker-caused power outage – one that left hundreds of thousands of homes without electricity.
According to Ars Technica, this “first-ever hacker caused power outage” used a new type of destructive malware called “Black Energy”.
According to researchers from AntiVirus provider ESET, the Ukrainian power authorities were infected using booby-trapped macro functions embedded in Microsoft Office documents. If true, once thought secure sectors could be anything but secure. Millions of people could be infected using simple social-engineering ploys that can easily bypass these complex security controls..
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