Utility companies should wake up to real-world cyberattack threats

Cybersecurity experts alarmed at risk of U.S. and western public utilities, constantly under attack by Chinese and Eastern European cybercriminals.

Published Mon, Jul 7 2014 6:38 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:15 PM CST

Public utility companies and federal governments need to be more aware to the real threat of cyberattacks, with criminals reaching new levels of network penetration. Following suspicions of a cyberattack, companies need to conduct an in-house and third-party security audit to determine how the incident occurred.

Utility companies should wake up to real-world cyberattack threats | TweakTown.com

It was previously noted that public utility companies struggling to meet growing cyberattack threats - but the realization that eastern European hackers were able to compromise oil and gas companies as part of "Dragonfly" provides a more frantic view of cybersecurity. The U.S. government is mulling over stricter regulations to force utility companies to be more careful with network connections and security from outside threats.

"These infections not only gave the attackers a beachhead in the targeted organizations' networks, but also gave them the means to mount sabotage operations against infected (industrial control system) computers," Symantec noted.

An experienced tech journalist and marketing specialist, Michael joins TweakTown looking to cover everything from consumer electronics to enterprise cloud technology. A former Staff Writer at DailyTech, Michael is now the West Coast News Editor and will contribute news stories on a daily basis. In addition to contributing here, Michael also runs his own tech blog, AlamedaTech.com, while he looks to remain busy in the tech world.

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