The British energy company was hacked on the day of the General election computer criminals, which, as expected, was supported by Russia, according to Robert Mendick, Kara Mcgugan and Ben Farmer in the British newspaper The Telegraph. Government signals intelligence Agency GCHQ said in an official report sent to the energy sector that the company «may have been compromised» in the attack, launched on June 8, writes «Inopressa».
«State-sponsored hostile actors» are accused in the report that they were responsible for the cyber attack, which could be also aimed at companies providing water supply and manufacturing industry. The document does not mention Russia, but experts told the publication that, in their assumptions, the attack was the Kremlin and it was aimed at engineers working in power plants and the network of electricity supply.
«It seems that the attempt to penetrate the British power grid and other areas of «critical national infrastructure» have not led to any failures, the article says. – However, intelligence agencies have warned that hackers collected information such as computer passwords, so that in the future to bring to their knees the power grid».
The GCHQ report, which was circulated among critical infrastructure companies in the energy and manufacturing sectors, slipped to a reputable site devoted to technology, Motherboard, say the authors.
Benjamin reed, a security analyst from the U.S. company FireEye, specializing in tracking the state of the hackers, said in an interview with the publication, «is This activity consistent with what we saw from the Russia-based groups in the past, but we have no direct evidence of the involvement». The expert added that in the past other Russian players operating in Ukraine, turned off the factories and knocked out electricity in some parts of Kiev.
«As it seems, the attack focuses on the engineers that work with large, complex power plants and energy distribution, added Reid. – If you’re in the computers of these people, you can turn off the electricity and to have a broad impact, that causes genuine concern.»