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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)
BY SEAN COCKERHAM
MCCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU
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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- Energy industry is on alert against increasing cyberattacks InfoSec News (Nov 22)