Energy


  • Adwind Remote Access Trojan Hits Utilities Sector

    August 19, 2019

    Attackers are targeting entities from the utility industry with the Adwind Remote Access Trojan (RAT) malware via a malspam campaign that uses URL redirection to malicious payloads. Adwind (also known as jRAT, AlienSpy, JSocket, and Sockrat) is distributed by its developers to threat actors under a malware-as-a-service (MaaS) model and it is capable of evading detection by most major anti-malware ...

  • Yemen rebel drone attack targets remote Saudi oil field

    August 18, 2019

    Saudi Arabia describes the damage as a “limited fire” in the second such recent attack on its crucial energy industry. Houthi spokesman says rebels launched 10 bomb-laden drones targeting the field in their “biggest-ever” operation; threatens more attacks coming. Drones launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked a massive oil and gas field deep inside Saudi Arabia’s ...

  • Energy Sector Phish Swims Past Microsoft Email Security via Google Drive

    August 15, 2019

    A targeted spearphishing campaign has hit an organization in the energy sector – after using a savvy trick to get around the company’s Microsoft email security stack. According to Aaron Riley, a researcher from Cofense, the campaign impersonated the CEO of the targeted company, sending email via Google Drive purporting to be “sharing an important message” ...

  • How Threat Intelligence Helps the Energy Sector Fight Cyberespionage

    August 13, 2019

    When it comes to cyber threats, some industries have it harder than others. Few are as heavily targeted by sophisticated cyberattacks as the energy sector. Over the last decade, state-sponsored hacking groups have routinely targeted utility networks and other energy providers for the purposes of espionage and disruption. And according to the latest research, advanced persistent threat (APT) ...

  • National Grid had three ‘near-misses’ in the run-up to blackout that caused rush-hour chaos in Britain

    August 13, 2019

    Britain had three blackout ‘near-misses’ in the three months before last Friday’s power cut that caused chaos during rush hour. National Grid is being investigated by the energy watchdog but the power system operator has faced criticism from the industry for failing to do enough to prevent blackouts. The operator blamed last week’s ‘incredibly rare’ outage, which ...

  • Bomb damages Colombia’s Cano Limon crude pipeline

    August 10, 2019

    A bomb has damaged a section of Colombia’s Cano Limon pipeline, state-run oil company Ecopetrol said on Saturday, the twenty-sixth attack on the pipeline this year. The attack, which took in Las Bancas in eastern Arauquita municipality, did not contaminate any water sources, the company said in a statement. It did cause a small spill which ...

  • Blockchain Continues to Make Headway in the Energy Industry

    July 29, 2019

    Recent developments in the energy sector indicate that blockchain technology is being embraced to address a range of issues including network security and improved integration of renewable generation and demand response resources. This emerging technology continues to have the potential to become a disrupter in the energy industry. Recently the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) awarded Xage Security, ...

  • Ransomware incident leaves some Johannesburg residents without electricity

    July 25, 2019

    A ransomware infection at an electricity provider in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa’s biggest city and financial capital, has left some of its residents without power. The ransomware infection impacted City Power — a provider of pre-paid electric power for Johannesburg residents and local companies. The malware encrypted the company’s database, internal network, web apps, and ...

  • US wants to isolate power grids with ‘retro’ technology to limit cyber-attacks

    July 2, 2019

    The US is very close to improving power grid security by mandating the use of “retro” (analog, manual) technologies on US power grids as a defensive measure against foreign cyber-attacks that could bring down power distribution as a result. The idea is to use “retro” technology to isolate the grid’s most important control systems, to limit ...

  • US cyberwar against Russia is hypothetical possibility, says Kremlin spokesman

    June 17, 2019

    Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov believes that the United States’ cyberwar against Russia is a hypothetical possibility. He made the statement to the media in response to claims by The New York Times that US secret services over the past year were increasingly active in their attempts to cripple computer malware inside Russia’s power grid. Peskov ...

  • Defence, Energy, Oil & Gas Sectors Most Targeted Among Cyber-Attacks in India

    June 17, 2019

    With an evident increase in the frequency and volume of cyber-attacks on India, government sectors are in the foremost line of fire. Explaining the rise of targeted cyber-attacks in India to News18, Saurabh Sharma, senior security researcher at Kaspersky APAC’s global research and analysis team, said, “Most of the cyber attacks on Indian government are ...

  • Millions across South America hit by massive power cut

    June 16, 2019

    Tens of millions of people across South America were without electricity early on Sunday after a massive power failure left Argentina and Uruguay almost completely in the dark. The Argentine newspaper Clarín said the “gigantic” power collapse – which it called the worst in Argentina’s recent history – had struck at just after 7am local time, affecting virtually the entire country as well as Uruguay, ...

  • U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid

    June 15, 2019

    The United States is stepping up digital incursions into Russia’s electric power grid in a warning to President Vladimir V. Putin and a demonstration of how the Trump administration is using new authorities to deploy cybertools more aggressively, current and former government officials said. In interviews over the past three months, the officials described the previously ...

  • TRISIS Group, Known for Physical Destruction, Targets U.S. Electric Companies

    June 14, 2019

    XENOTIME, a destructive APT linked to Russia, has broadened its target set beyond Middle East oil and gas. XENOTIME, the APT group behind the TRISIS industrial control system (ICS) event, has expanded its focus beyond the oil and gas industries, according to researchers. The group has recently been seen probing the networks of electric utility organizations ...

  • DOE Announces US$8 Million in Funding for Energy System Resilience

    May 15, 2019

    The government will fund projects that reduce the risk of cyber incidents disrupting electricity generation, transmission and distribution as well as the production, refining, storage and distribution of oil and natural gas. The Department of Energy (DOE) has announced an US$8 million investment in innovative approaches to enhance the reliability and resilience of the nation’s energy ...

  • As hackers get smarter, America’s energy industry is shoring up its defenses

    April 22, 2019

    America is under attack. Every day, we’re besieged by a group of enemy combatants. Nameless, faceless, and spread throughout the world, this group is united by a single aim: to upend American life as we know it. These attackers are not soldiers or terrorists in the traditional sense. They are hackers, on a mission to cause ...

  • More than 50 missing after oil pipeline explosion in Nigeria

    March 2, 2019

    More than 50 people are missing after a leaking oil pipeline exploded and caused a stampede in southern Nigeria, a local official said on Saturday. The blast early on Friday caused massive oil spillage in the Nembe kingdom in Bayelsa state, the Nembe Chiefs Council spokesman, Chief Nengi James-Eriworio, told the Associated Press. The Nembe trunk line is ...

  • The Army wants mobile nuclear reactors for FOBs, but some scientists say that’s ‘naive’

    March 2, 2019

    The Army wants to bring back mobile nuclear reactors to power forward bases and is asking industry how to make that happen. A collection of scientists that closely monitor nuclear issues thinks that the concept is “naive,” dangerous and describes the chances for the current technology to accomplish what the Pentagon wants as “vanishingly small.” In January, the Pentagon’s ...

  • LPG Gas Company Leaked Details, Aadhaar Numbers of 6.7 Million Indian Customers

    February 19, 2019

    Why would someone bother to hack a so-called “ultra-secure encrypted database that is being protected behind 13 feet high and 5 feet thick walls,” when one can simply fetch a copy of the same data from other sources. French security researcher Baptiste Robert, who goes by the pseudonym “Elliot Alderson” on Twitter, with the help of ...

  • Siemens Warns of Critical Remote-Code Execution ICS Flaw

    February 12, 2019

    Siemens has released 16 security advisories for various industrial control and utility products, including a warning for a critical flaw in the WibuKey digital rights management (DRM) solution that affects the SICAM 230 process control system. SICAM 230 is used for a broad range of industrial control system (ICS) applications, including use as an integrated energy system for ...