Russian hackers are probing Western defences and have already attacked one power company, security researchers have warned.A team from SentinelOne said “state sponsored hackers” have targeted a European firm using sophisticated digital warfare techniques.The attacks came from Eastern Europe and are likely to be Russian in origin, although SentinelOne stopped short of blaming Moscow outright.Any attack on the power grid could be devastating, because it would effectively cripple an advanced country’s economy.In 2003, a blackout in the north east of America is thought to have cost $6billion. The world is even more reliant on technology now, meaning the cost could be much higher if hackers managed to bring down the power and turn the lights off in a major city like London or New York.Tech experts Joseph Landry and Udi Shamir wrote: “The Labs team at SentinelOne recently discovered a sophisticated malware campaign specifically targeting at least one European energy company.”Upon discovery, the team reverse engineered the code and believes that based on the nature, behavior and sophistication of the malware and the extreme measures it takes to evade detection, it likely points to a nation-state sponsored initiative, potentially originating in Eastern Europe.”The malware used by the hackers is highly advanced, meaning… Read full this story
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