Experts On EDP Energy Giant Confirms Ragnar Locker Ransomware Attack

EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA) confirmed a Ragnar Locker ransomware attack that affected its parent corporation’s systems, the Portuguese multinational energy giant Energias de Portugal (EDP).

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Kristen Poulos
Kristen Poulos , VP & General Manager of Industrial Cybersecurity
InfoSec Expert
July 7, 2020 10:26 am

Ransomware attacks are particularly concerning for companies with both heavy IT and OT footprints. In the case of EDP Renewables, it appears the attack was contained to their Enterprise systems and mainly confidential information regarding things like billing and contracts was targeted. Though that\’s a significant challenge in and of itself, if such attacks were to permeate into the OT space (due to improper segmentation between IT and OT), they could infect systems critical to energy output, like HMIs and engineering workstations. Luckily, this did not appear to be the case this time.

Last edited 2 years ago by Kristen Poulos
Jamie Akhtar
Jamie Akhtar , CEO and Co-founder
InfoSec Expert
July 7, 2020 10:22 am

We are seeing a lot of breaches recently coming through weak links in the supply chain or under corporate umbrellas. It\’s important to be aware of the knock-on effects of poor cyber security. Companies do not exist on their own. They are part of a network of suppliers, customers, and individual employees. When one organisation, even a small one, fails to take their security seriously it can have implications far beyond their own operations. Basic cyber hygiene like keeping software up to date and having secure passwords can go a long way in preventing the majority of breaches like this. Large corporates would do well to require their smaller companies and suppliers to adhere to cyber security guidelines like those set out in the Cyber Essentials scheme.

Last edited 2 years ago by Jamie Akhtar
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