Hackers Have Finally Infiltrated the US Power Grid, But Can't Control Anything Yet

Wednesday, 06 September 2017 - 5:32PM
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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 - 5:32PM
Hackers Have Finally Infiltrated the US Power Grid, But Can't Control Anything Yet
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Hacking has gone from the Tron-esque, mainframe-seeking crime of the 1980's to a major threat that governments, autonomous vehicle manufacturers, and even robot owners have to worry about. Now, we even have to worry about our power grids.

A group called Dragonfly 2.0 has, according to recent reports by Symantec, hacked into various power company networks. Of the 20 cases identified, there are some in which hackers acquired access to the interfaces of power grid equipment. However, despite the destructive potential of these hacks, Dragonfly 2.0 "has not demonstrated a capability to manipulate the systems they are after," according to security researcher John Hultquist.



Symantec gathers that the hacking group has most likely been gathering intelligence since at least 2011. Still, it might not have been enough: in an interview with Wired, Eric Chien, a Symantec security analyst said, "There's a difference between being a step away from conducting sabotage and actually being in a position to conduct sabotage."

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