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Ukraine power outage WAS triggered by a cyberattack! US does not finger Russia - officially.

 
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Ukraine power outage WAS triggered by a cyberattack! US does not finger Russia - officially.
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We have learned that the Ukraine outage was triggered by a cyberattack...but by whom?

The United States is not officially pointing the finger at Russia, but we all know the most probable answer is Russia.

Could the same happen here? Lets not be too hasty in answering that. We don't want to make an enemy of anyone.

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A late-December power outage in Ukraine was caused by attackers wielding malware weapons, says a U.S. report. Unofficial briefings point the finger at Russia, as do official statements from Ukraine, but could the same happen here?

Spear-phishing seems to have been the vector for distributing the “BlackEnergy” malware. That allowed attackers to control the grid’s industrial control systems (ICS) and supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) components. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers fear for their own nations’ infrastructure.
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Could it happen here? Lee Ferran investigates—Hackers Caused Mass Blackout in Ukraine:

U.S. government cyber security experts officially declared that hackers are to blame. [It’s] the latest significant attack on vulnerable “critical infrastructure.”

Private security firms have previously reported [it] was caused by hackers wielding malware including code known as BlackEnergy and KillDisk. ... Kyle Wilhoit, a Senior Threat Researcher at...Trend Micro...said he believes...BlackEnergy was modulated and used to carry out the attack, and then the hackers attempted to cover their tracks with...KillDisk. [Also that] a coal mining company and a railroad company in Ukraine were also among the targets.

Wilhoit [said] that while the hack would’ve been “not incredibly difficult”...the relatively decentralized nature of America’s power distribution makes such an operation more difficult. [But] U.S. officials and experts have been warning about the vulnerability of American “critical infrastructure” for decades.





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