Could home appliances knock down power grids?

Far-fetched though it may sound, the answer is yes, according to researchers, who show that electrical grids and smart home appliances could make for a dangerous mix. Cybercriminals could rope internet-connected household appliances into a botnet in order to manipulate the demand side of the power grid and, ultimately, cause anything from local outages to large-scale blackouts, … More Could home appliances knock down power grids?

Translating power grid security concerns into action

On the heels of our recent investigations into threats against critical infrastructure like power grids, transportation and other systems that we count on every day, public agencies and private parties alike wonder if we can trust the power grid (see this selection of WeLiveSecurity articles). I was recently invited to speak at a Lexington Institute Capitol Hill … More Translating power grid security concerns into action

BlackEnergy trojan strikes again: Attacks Ukrainian electric power industry

On December 23rd, 2015, around half of the homes in the Ivano-Frankivsk region in Ukraine (population around 1.4 million) were left without electricity for a few hours. According to the Ukrainian news media outlet TSN, the cause of the power outage was a “hacker attack” utilizing a “virus”. Looking at ESET’s own telemetry, we have … More BlackEnergy trojan strikes again: Attacks Ukrainian electric power industry