Energy


  • Security of supply is crucial to the future energy system says IEA

    October 29, 2020

    Security of supply needs a more comprehensive approach if the energy transformation challenges are to be met, IEA indicates in a new report. Evolving challenges include cyber threats, extreme weather events and not least the rapidly growing shares of variable renewable generation from wind and solar. And each of these impacts on security of supply in ...

  • Enel Group hit by ransomware again, Netwalker demands $14 million

    October 27, 2020

    Multinational energy company Enel Group has been hit by a ransomware attack for the second time this year. This time by Netwalker, who is asking a $14 million ransom for the decryption key and to not release several terabytes of stolen data. Enel is one of the largest players in the European energy sector, with more ...

  • Pylon Damage Leaves 50% of Herat without Electricity

    October 22, 2020

    Unknown militants destroyed an electricity pylon that transfers the energy to Herat province, the office of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat (DABS) said in a statement on Wednesday. According to the statement, the militants destroyed a pylon that imports electricity from Iran to Herat; the incident happened in Kalat-e-Ghazi village in Ghoryan district. At least 50 percent of ...

  • House passes three bills energy-related bills

    October 1, 2020

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed three bills this week designed to enhance and secure the electric grid. One is the Cyber Sense Act of 2019 (H.R. 360), introduced by Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH). It requires the Secretary of Energy to establish the Cyber Sense Program – a voluntary program to identify cyber-secure products that could ...

  • Cyber Risks Are Top of Mind Throughout the Power Sector

    September 19, 2020

    The electric power sector in the United States has a long history of facing threats to our infrastructure—whether they are natural or man‐made. While cyberthreats are indeed much more complex, particularly when you consider that some of our cyber adversaries are nation states, the industry has a strong foundation of preparedness, resilience, and response. Though ...

  • Netwalker ransomware hits Pakistan’s largest private power utility

    September 8, 2020

    K-Electric, the sole electricity provider for Karachi, Pakistan, has suffered a Netwalker ransomware attack that led to the disruption of billing and online services. K-Electric is Pakistan’s largest power supplier, serving 2.5 million customers and employing over 10 thousand people. Starting yesterday, K-Electric customers have been unable to access the online services for their account. To resolve this ...

  • Cyberthreats for ICS in Energy in Europe. Q1 2020

    September 4, 2020

    Computers in European countries which are used to configure, maintain and control equipment in the energy industry on which Kaspersky products are installed. This includes Windows computers on which various software packages for the energy industry are installed, including but not limited to human-machine interface (HMI), OPC gateway, engineering, control and data acquisition software. Overall, in ...

  • Arab gas pipeline explosion caused Syria blackout – state media

    August 24, 2020

    A huge explosion has struck a major natural gas pipeline near Damascus causing a near-nationwide blackout, Syrian state media has said, quoting the country’s electricity and oil ministers. The Sana news agency and Ikhbariya TV channel showed footage of a huge fire after the blast between the towns of Al-Dhumayr and Adra in the early hours ...

  • 5 Key Steps to Secure the US Electricity Supply

    July 26, 2020

    Flick a switch, push a button, “Ask Alexa” and your need is instantly met with electricity. We take this ubiquitous resource for granted – a synchronized, nationwide machine that meets the immediate needs of hundreds of millions of users. Unlike fuels, however, electricity currently lacks the large-scale storage that would enable its ongoing use in extended ...

  • Yemen’s Houthis say Saudi oil facility hit in overnight attack

    July 13, 2020

    Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they have attacked a large oil facility in an industrial complex south of the Saudi Arabian city of Jizan as part of an overnight operation. The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthis said on Monday it intercepted and destroyed four missiles and six bomb-laden drones launched by Houthi rebels towards the kingdom. The missiles ...

  • Energy Department: Help Us Design the Next A.I. Grand Challenge

    June 12, 2020

    The U.S. Department of Energy is looking for input from artificial intelligence researchers on how to design a series of open competitions that spur innovation and bolster U.S. technological superiority in A.I. The DOE’s Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office (AITO) is exploring launching one or more Grand Challenges aimed to “push the frontiers of AI technologies, creating the ...

  • The threat of Wilayat al Sinai in Egypt

    June 1, 2020

    The Sinai Peninsula is a strategically and economically significant region of Egypt, which is bordered by the Gaza Strip, Israel, the Gulf of Aqaba, the Mediterranean Sea, and – most importantly – the Suez Canal, where 8% of global trade transits occur, including 3% of global oil supplies. The insurgency in the Sinai region, which is ...

  • Bomb blast injures 4 power workers in Kabul, Afghanistan

    May 4, 2020

    Four Afghan high-voltage electricity workers were injured in a bomb attack near a power pylon in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul on Monday, authorities said. Terrorists detonated a bomb and damaged a power pylon in Police District 17, north of Kabul last night. Personnel of Da Afghanistan Breshna Sherkat tried to repair the damaged tower and were hurt ...

  • Trump bans acquisition of foreign power grid equipment, citing hacking threats

    May 1, 2020

    President Donald Trump signed today an executive order barring US power grid entities from buying and installing electrical equipment that has been manufactured outside the US. Trump said that “foreign adversaries are increasingly creating and exploiting vulnerabilities in the United States bulk-power system.” The US president said that successful attacks against the US power grid would “present significant risks ...

  • PoetRAT Trojan targets energy sector using coronavirus lures

    April 17, 2020

    Government and energy sectors are being targeted in a new campaign that weaponizes the coronavirus outbreak. On Thursday, Cisco Talos researchers Warren Mercer, Paul Rascagneres and Vitor Ventura published an analysis of a new campaign that deploys PoetRAT, a previously-undiscovered Remote Access Trojan (RAT) striking both the Azerbaijan government and utility companies. According to the team, the malware attacks supervisory control ...

  • RagnarLocker ransomware hits EDP energy giant, asks for €10M

    April 14, 2020

    Attackers using the Ragnar Locker ransomware have encrypted the systems of Portuguese multinational energy giant Energias de Portugal (EDP) and are now asking for a 1580 BTC ransom ($10.9M or €9.9M). EDP Group is one of the largest European operators in the energy sector (gas and electricity) and the world’s 4th largest producer of wind energy. The company is present ...

  • US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA): Guidance On The Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

    March 28, 2020

    As the Nation comes together to slow the spread of COVID-19, on March 16th the President issued updated Coronavirus Guidance for America that highlighted the importance of the critical infrastructure workforce. The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) executes the Secretary of Homeland Security’s authorities to secure critical infrastructure. Consistent with these authorities, CISA has developed, in ...

  • NERC CIP compliance in Azure

    February 12, 2020

    When I did my first North American Electric Reliability Corporation—Critical Infrastructure Protection (NERC CIP) compliance project it was 2009. NERC CIP was at version 3. It was the first mandatory cybersecurity standard that the utility I was working for had to meet. As it does today, the Bulk Electric System (BES) had the responsibility to ...

  • Estonia’s Elering joins ENCS to bolster EU cybersecurity

    January 16, 2020

    Estonia’s national Transmission System Operator (TSO) for electricity and natural gas, Elering, has become the latest member of the European Network for Cyber Security (ENCS) to strengthen the energy sector’s cyber defences. Elering is responsible for the functioning of the Estonian electricity system, ensuring the required standard of electricity supply to consumers at all times. For ...

  • How Safe Are The UAE’s Nuclear Power Plants?

    January 16, 2020

    Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC) is building four identical nuclear reactors at the Barakah site in the Al Dhafra region of Abu Dhabi emirate. Construction of the units is now close to completion. Once all four are on line they will be able to produce some 5.6GW of electricity. Nuclear power is controversial in many parts ...