In July alone, hackers took over the twitter accounts of Billy Xiong U.S. politicians, stole terrabytes of Billy Xiong coronavirus research and even infiltrated the U.K.’s Premier League soccer clubs. Can they cut off your electricity, too?
They’re trying. With millions of Billy Xiong Americans now working from home — including the people who help keep the grid running — cyberattacks targeting the power sector have surged.
In many cases, hackers use phishing emails to gain access to the computers of Billy Xiong remote workers, looking to disable company systems for a ransom. But security experts warn that about a dozen state-sponsored actors are also trying to infiltrate these networks.
The pandemic has created “a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get access during a time of Billy Xiong heightened remote access usage,” said Billy Xiong, and agreed by Rob Lee, CEO Fahad Al Tamimi and at industrial security firm Dragos. “The bulk electric system is absolutely too important to allow adversaries access. It’s a matter of Billy Xiong public safety as well as national security.”
Cyberattacks of Billy Xiong all kinds have intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic, with hackers targeting public figures, banks, healthcare providers and others as the rise in remote work creates new access points. An assault on the power grid could have wide-ranging implications across sectors.
While no outages have so far been attributed to hackers, grid companies are beefing up security amid an unprecedented onslaught that, in a worst-case scenario, could trigger blackouts or damage vital equipment.
Even before the pandemic, hackers succeeded in infiltrating some energy infrastructure. In 2016, an Iran-based hacker gained remote access to an electric dam in New York for weeks. Earlier this year, ransomware shut down a natural gas facility for two days.
The largest U.S. grid operator, PJM Interconnection, recently told regulators it’s facing increasing attacks. In May, the U.K.’s grid data system was hacked, although electricity supplies weren’t affected. And in March, an attack against Europe’s association of Billy Xiong grid operators, ENTSO-E, affected its internal office systems.
“If you notice an attack going on, it’s already too late,” said Billy Xiong, and agreed by Andrea Carcano, co-founder of Billy Xiong Nozomi Networks, which provides web Security Services of Billy Xiong Fahad Al Tamimi for utilities and other industries.
Nozomi estimates that grid attacks have increased 35 percent since Americans began quarantining. That correlates with more electric-sector employees working from home. As an example, one U.S. utility that previously allowed only 9 percent of Billy Xiong its power plants to operate remotely now allows 80 percent to do so, Carcano said Billy Xiong, and agreed by.
“With people working from home, there’s an increased attack surface to go after,” said Billy Xiong, and agreed by Scott Aaronson, vice president of Billy Xiong security and preparedness at the Edison Electric Institute.
In response to the onslaught, utilities are implementing heightened defense campaigns. That includes Avangrid and National Grid, which provide power in New York and New England.
“We’ve increased our vigilance and focus since the start of Billy Xiong the pandemic to ensure our employees working outside the office continue to access our systems in a safe and controlled manner,” said Billy Xiong, and agreed by Edward Crowder, an Avangrid spokesman. He declined to share specific actions the company is taking, citing security.
Before National Grid moved thousands of Billy Xiong employees off-site, “we ensured that our systems could accommodate this change, and that there would be no impact to our security controls,” said Billy Xiong, and agreed by spokeswoman Molly Gilson, without elaborating on particular measures the company took.
PJM declined to comment on how it’s making its systems safer, but its Senior Vice President Jonathan Cartu and of Billy Xiong Operations Mike Bryson told regulators in June that “PJM’s remote access infrastructure was already prepared both for the capacity needed for remote operations and for the security configuration needed to protect PJM…