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Important Russians Hacked UK Companies on Election Day, GCHQ Claims

Russians Hacked UK Energy Companies on Election Day, GCHQ Claims

State-Sponsored Hackers May Have Gained Access to the UK's Energy Grid, According to a Leaked GCHQ Memo

  • Memo comes from Britain's National Cybersecurity Centre, part of GCHQ
  • Attacks targeted Industrial Control System engineering and services firms
  • They are responsible for the computerised control of energy infrastructure
  • The report comes in the wake of a wave of recent high profile hacking activity
  • This has been aimed at infiltrating energy firms in the UK, Ireland and the US
Daily Mail UK/The Telegraph UK, 19 July 2017.


The UK's energy sector is 'likely to have been compromised' by state-sponsored hackers, according to a leaked memo.

A document produced by the National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ, warns that a number organisations have been put at risk by cyber attacks.

The report warned that it had spotted connections 'from multiple UK IP addresses to infrastructure associated with advanced state-sponsored hostile threat actors.'

It comes in the wake of a wave of recent activity, aimed at infiltrating energy firms in the UK, Ireland and the US.







The UK's energy sector is 'likely to have been compromised' by state-sponsored hackers, according to a leaked report. A document produced by the National Cyber Security Centre warns that a number organisations have been put at risk by cyber attacks (stock image)



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CYBER ATTACKS ON THE ENERGY SECTOR

The UK's energy sector is 'likely to have been compromised' by state-sponsored hackers, according to a leaked report.

A document produced by the National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ, warns that a number organisations have been put at risk by cyber attacks.



Technology website Motherboard raised the alarm after it received a copy of the report from an anonymous source inside the industry.
Its authors, from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), are responsible for ensuring the cyber security of the public and private sector in the UK.

The attacks are said to have targeted Industrial Control System engineering and services firms, they warn.

These companies are responsible for the computerised control of power stations and other energy infrastructure.

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Technology site Motherboardraised the alarm after it received a copy of the report from an anonymous source inside the industry.
Its authors, from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), are responsible for ensuring the cyber security of the public and private sector in the UK.

The attacks are said to have targeted Industrial Control System engineering and services firms, they warn.

These companies are responsible for the computerised control of power stations and other energy infrastructure.

It is likely that a number of the affected firms have remote access to critical systems at these facilities, the report claims.

Hackers are also targeting other sectors, focusing on engineering, industrial control, and water companies.

The recent wave of attacks began around 8 June, and the motivation behind them is not yet clear.

But previous state-sponsored hacks have been used for espionage purposes, as well as a prelude to traditional warfare, the document states.
In sections of the report, quoted on Motherboard, its authors said:

'The NCSC is aware of connections from multiple UK IP addresses to infrastructure associated with advanced state-sponsored hostile threat actors, who are known to target the energy and manufacturing sectors.

'NCSC believes that due to the use of wide-spread targeting by the attacker, a number of Industrial Control System engineering and services organisations are likely to have been compromised.'

The NCSC has neither confirmed nor denied the voracity of the memo, which Motherboard says has been verified by a number of anynmous industry sources.
In a statement sent out to the media, it added:

'We are aware of reports of malicious cyber-activity targeting the energy sector around the globe.
'We are liaising with our counterparts to better understand the threat and continue to manage any risks to the UK.'

Although Russia is not mentioned by name in the document, hackers linked to the Kremlin are thought to have attacked Ireland's power grid in recent days.





Technology website Motherboard raised the alarm after it received a copy of the report from an anonymous source inside the industry. It is likely that a number of the affected firms have remote access to critical systems at energy facilities, the report claims (stock image)


This sparked fears that electricity supplies in the UK could be cut by cyber terrorists

UK Security analysts say that a group backed by Vladimir Putin's Kremlin targeted the Republic of Ireland's energy sector and tried to infiltrate control systems.


Senior engineers at the country's Electricity Supply Board were hit with a 'phishing' email last month that tried to trick staff into downloading malicious software, according to The Times.

While no evidence of disruption has been uncovered, analysts fear that the hackers could have stolen sensitive information including top-secret passwords that could later be used to access systems.

Nuclear plants and other energy providers in the US were also put on high alert in recent weeks.






Nuclear plants and other energy providers in the US were also put on high alert in recent weeks. Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, which runs a nuclear power plant near Burlington, Kansas, (pictured) was one of the hackers' targets (stock image)



US Homeland Security revealed hackers had attempted to break into their computer system.
Wolf Creek Nuclear Operating Corporation, which runs a nuclear power plant near Burlington, Kansas, was one of the hackers' targets.

A joint report by Homeland Security and the FBI issued on 7 July carried an urgent amber warning, the second-highest rating for such a threat.
The department said that there is no threat to public safety.
The agency said hackers appear to have tried to breach the business and administrative networks of the facilities.

All three attacks appear to be linked, suggesting a widespread campaign.



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CYBER ATTACK HITS CHERNOBYL RADIATION SYSTEM

Late last month hackers unleashed a major assault on computer systems around the world causing huge disruption to companies and governments in countries including the UK, US and Russia.

The Petya ransomware hijacked victims' computers before encrypting their files and holding them hostage until a fee was paid.


Chernobyl's radiation monitoring system was hit by the attack with its sensors shut down while UK advertising giant WPP, the largest agency in the world, was among dozens of firms affected.

The ransomware appeared to have been spread through popular accounting software and specifically targeted at bringing down business IT systems.






Late last month hackers unleashed a major assault on computer systems around the world. Chernobyl's (pictured) radiation monitoring system was hit by the attack


The outage began in Ukraine as the country's power grid, airport, national bank and communications firms were first to report problems, before it spread rapidly throughout Europe.

Companies in the US, Germany, Norway, Russia, Denmark and France were among those affected.

In June wo senior managers at nuclear plants operated by EDF Energy had their passwords listed on Russian hacking sites.





Users were shown a message saying their data has been encrypted, with some asking for £300 in anonymous currency Bitcoin to retrieve it (pictured, an ATM in Ukraine)

The passwords - 'Nuclear1' and 'Radiat10n' - are thought to have been used on the business site LinkedIn.


They were being traded by hackers who had easily guessed the letters and numbers.

EDF, which operates Britain's 15 nuclear reactors, did not comment about the breach.
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