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Cybersecurity risks to energy companies in the US and Europe

FT 6th Sept 2017, Hackers have entered the operational systems of energy companies in the US
and Europe, lying in wait with the ability to switch off the power and
sabotage computer networks, according to a report by cyber security company
Symantec.

The group of hackers, known as Dragonfly, Energetic Bear or
Berserk Bear, infiltrated energy companies by tricking employees into
opening Microsoft Word documents that harvest usernames and passwords, with
the number of attacks rising in recent months.

While the hackers have not caused power outages, Symantec warned that attacks by a different group
that made whole regions in Ukraine go dark in 2015 and 2016 show what is
possible.   https://www.ft.com/content/8c51cdae-9298-11e7-bdfa-eda243196c2c

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September 9, 2017 - Posted by | EUROPE, safety, USA

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