Over 1,000 European and US energy firms hit by Russian ‘Energetic Bear’ virus that let hackers take control of power plants

The virus infected power plant control systems, allowing operators to monitor energy consumption in real time - and to cripple physical systems such as wind turbines, gas pipelines and power plants at the click of a mouse.

  •   – Attack ‘bears the hallmarks of a state-sponsored operation’
  •   – Timestamps show hackers based in Eastern Europe
  •   – Malware has now been identified and can be removed

By Mark Prigg

From: The Daily Mail

Over 1,000 energy firms were infected with a sophisticated cyber weapon that gave hackers access to power plant control systems, it has been revealed.

Called ‘Energetic Bear’, the malware was unmasked by security firm Symantec.

It said the software allows operators to monitor energy consumption in real time – and to cripple physical systems such as wind turbines, gas pipelines and power plants at the click of a mouse. Continue reading