According to a new report, hacking attacks in utilities in America they are constantly growing. Specialists security claim to exist at least three hacking teams that intervene in electricity grids at USA.
Security company Dragos said political and military tensions in the region have coincided with increased hacking attacks on power grids, Companies electricity and others services of general interest in the USA.
According to a report by researchers, seven hacking teams targeting electrical installations in North America have been identified. Three of these groups have the ability to "Infiltrate and disrupt" electrical networks.
Dragos did not say if the hacking teams are cooperating with specific ones governments. He spoke, however, of three specific cases: Xenotime, Dymalloy and Electrum.
The most dangerous hacking teams in the energy industry
Η Xenotime is the hacking team behind it Triton cyberattack. This attack caused major damage to oil and gas facilities in Saudi Arabia in 2017.
Since then, Xenotime has also carried out other attacks on electrical installations in North America, Europe, Australia and the Middle East. The hackers have shown many times their acquisition skills access and attacks on industrial environments.
Η Dymalloy is another hacking team that has been described by experts as "extremely aggressive and capable" as it manages to penetrate IT and business environments, stay inside networks for a long time and cause major damage, such as power outages. Hackers have targeted companies at Turkey, The Europe and North America. Dymalloy has also joined the hacking team Dragonfly.
The third group, h Electrum is capable of developing malicious software that affects electrically networks, equipment and ICS protocols. She is known for her attacks on Ukraine (power outage during winter). According to experts: “North American electricity companies should consider Electrum as serious threatening"
The report states that companies have greatly improved their security systems, but much remains to be done.
Simple security practices, like the segmentation of networks, the regular information systems, h non use default passwords, the use authentication of two factors and others can prevent such attacks. Hacking teams are constantly looking for new methods of attack, so businesses must be constantly on alert.
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