Energy


  • 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 ...

  • Cyber attack plan aims to protect State hospitals, energy networks and security systems

    December 27, 2019

    A new plan to crackdown on cyber-crime, hacking and cyber-espionage has been published in a bid to protect the State. The new National Cyber Security Strategy sets out how to ensure the State’s infrastructure and computer networks are “resilient, safe and secure”. It contains proposals on how the Irish government can respond and manage cyber security incidents. Read ...

  • Drilling Deep: A Look at Cyberattacks on the Oil and Gas Industry

    December 18, 2019

    Mining, transportation, refining, distribution—the oil and gas industry has a widespread and complicated production chain that can be difficult to comprehensively defend. Risks come from all sides: extreme weather can affect transportation, politics (global and local) can impact production, and physical attacks on infrastructure can actually threaten worker safety and even impact the world’s oil ...

  • Critical Remote Code-Execution Bugs Threaten Global Power Plants

    December 12, 2019

    Siemens industrial equipment commonly found in fossil-fuel and large-scale renewable power plants are riddled with multiple security vulnerabilities, the most severe of which are critical bugs allowing remote code-execution. The affected product is SPPA-T3000, a distributed control system used for orchestrating and supervising electrical generation at major power plants in the U.S., Germany, Russia and other ...

  • The $6 Trillion Problem The Energy Industry Is Ignoring

    November 30, 2019

    Cybersecurity has long flown under the radar of the governments worldwide. Hackers are set to cost countries across the globe $6 trillion in the next two years, dwarfing the economic impact of natural disasters. And it’s not just small-timers sitting in a basement asking your grandmother for bitcoin, either. Independent and state-sponsored hackers alike are increasingly targeting major financial ...

  • The energy industry practices for a ‘black swan’ cyberattack that could take down the grid

    November 16, 2019

    More than 6,500 government officials and big players in the energy sector came together this week to conduct a simulated cyberattack on the electrical grid. The event is called GridEx, and takes place every two years. It imagines the U.S. under attack from a foreign country, through the power grid. It’s a scenario that planners say is ...

  • Earthquake hits France’s nuclear power output

    November 14, 2019

    French electricity giant EDF on Thursday cut its forecast for nuclear energy production this year after suspending operations at an atomic plant in the south of the country following a highly unusual earthquake. EDF took three reactors at the Cruas plant in the Ardeche region offline after Monday’s earthquake, which had a magnitude of 5.4 and was ...

  • Hawaii chosen to test energy grid against cyber security threats

    October 31, 2019

    What would happen if a cyber and/or physical attack knocked out Hawaii’s electric grid? A remote exercise conducted by the North American Electric Reliability Corporation will simulate that scenario on Hawaii’s electric grid, testing where the state’s strength and weaknesses lie in response and recovery. Hawaii was one of four states selected by the National Governors Association to partake in ...

  • Cyber-attack hits Utah wind and solar energy provider

    October 31, 2019

    sPower, a Utah-based renewable energy provider, is in the unenvied posture of holding two unwanted titles. First, the company is the first-ever US provider of solar and wind renewable energy to have been the victim of a cyber-attack. Second, the company is the first US power grid operator that is known to have lost connection with its ...

  • Global alliance addresses OT security threats

    October 29, 2019

    The Operational Technology Cyber Security Alliance (OTCSA), a new global alliance focused on cyber security, has been launched. It has been established to help companies address the OT security challenges that continue to put operations, and consequently, business at risk. Cyber-attacks on critical and industrial infrastructure are on the rise, impacting operational reliability and business risk ...

  • National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) Securing the Industrial Internet of Things for the Energy Sector

    October 8, 2019

    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) invites organizations to provide products and technical expertise to support and demonstrate security platforms for Securing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) for the energy sector use case. This notice is the initial step for the National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE) in collaborating with technology companies to ...

  • Energy to Launch $5.5M Artificial Intelligence Research Center

    October 7, 2019

    The Energy Department unveiled plans to launch a $5.5 million research center that will bring together top thinkers from three federal and academic institutions to solve some of the world’s most complex challenges in artificial intelligence. Researchers from Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Sandia National Laboratories, and the Georgia Institute of Technology will join forces in the newly ...