Energy operator ramps up security against hacker threat


Australia has the world’s longest single electricity grid, running more than 5000 kilometres from Port Douglas in Queensland to the bottom of Tasmania providing power to the majority of the country.

Its importance goes unrecognised by Australians despite the role it plays in millions of lives every day, but a single determined hacker can take it all away.

Last year, hackers disabled millions of computers through the WannaCry and Petya cyberattacks, taking down the UK’s national health service and Ukraine’s electricity networks respectively.

EY listed cyber attacks as the single largest threat to the world’s power and electricity companies worldwide.

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Source: Brisbane Times