An investigation into a power outage that left customers in Ukraine without electricity for an hour last month has concluded that the cause was indeed a cyberattack. This would be the second such known hack of a Ukrainian power facility following a massive December 2015 power outage affecting about 230,000 people, which was later blamed on the Russian government. Ryan Kalember, Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity Strategy at Proofpoint commented below.

Ryan Kalember, Senior Vice President of Cybersecurity Strategy at Proofpoint:

Ryan-Kalember_110x109“These attackers now clearly have the expertise to both disrupt and leverage industrial control for their own ends. Given that the human operators of critical infrastructure will always be vulnerable to attack, these organizations must think carefully about how any system that accesses email or another vector connects to their ICS infrastructure, and if they can’t afford to secure it, they shouldn’t connect it.”

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