New Imminent Threats to The Power Grid

Several US federal government agencies issued a warning that industrial control system (ICS) devices which are critical infrastructure are the target of state-backed hackers who are using malware to thwart the systems.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), the Department of Energy (DOE), the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) released the warning on April 13.

These state-backed hackers could gain access to a system completely by using a custom toolkit. These tools can scan, compromise and control the ICS devices if they are linked to an operational technology (OT) network. The tools were created to focus on programmable logic controllers (PLCs) manufactured by Schneider Electric and Omron.

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