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Energy industry is on alert against increasing cyberattacks
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 06:16:05 +0000 (UTC)



WASHINGTON -- Last year the hacker group Anonymous broke into computer systems of oil companies including Shell, Exxon Mobil and BP as a protest against Arctic drilling. The next month , a different set of hackers infected the computers of Saudi Arabia’s national oil company with a damaging virus that knocked 30,000 workstations offline.

Security analysts and U.S. government officials say such strikes are just the beginning, and that energy is by far the most attractive industry target for cyberattackers.

“The threat is huge,” said Joseph McClelland, who leads a U.S. federal office created last year in an attempt to blunt attacks on energy infrastructure. “The activity is already high and it’s increasing.”

The energy industry was the target of 53 percent of all cyberattacks reported to the Department of Homeland Security between October 2012 and May 2013. Manufacturing was the next highest American industry targeted, suffering 17 percent of the attacks.


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