Australian electric grid vulnerable to Cyber Attacks via Solar Panels

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Because of some vulnerabilities in solar panels and smart devices, security experts state that the Australian Electricity Grid is becoming super vulnerable to cyber attacks. And Russia could use such flaws to infiltrate networks and shut down the functioning of the grids leading to blackouts on a partial or complete note.

Cyber Threat warnings were released when some technical experts suggested foreign actors can tap and control the rooftop solar panels while communicating with the grid via the internet.

Two of the top cyber security advisors announced that the adversaries of the nation such as Russia, could take advantage of the situation to start digital attacks, especially after the Scott Morrison-led nation, along with the Netherlands imposed fresh sanctions on Kremlin for the MH17 crash.

“Nowadays, companies are showing a lot of interest in offering products loaded with connected technology. And unless these devices are secure enough, their usage can invite more troubles,” said Alistair MacGibbon, the CSO of CyberCX.

As Ransomware spreading gangs are particularly focusing on energy and manufacturing firms, the level of seriousness on scale increases to many folds, added Mr. MacGibbon.

Rachael Falk, the Chief Executive of Cyber Security Cooperative Research Center, issued an alert about phishing emails to companies operating in the power generation and distribution sector.

Ms. Falk says that criminals are becoming sophisticated and are adapting to the current phase by drafting emails that look genuine, instead are laced with malicious intentions.

She added, creating awareness among employees, deploying proactive security measures, and keeping systems updated with the latest is the only way to stay out of trouble.

 

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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