Russian Cyber Threat to American Power Grids

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Hackers who are being secretly funded by Russian government have devised a new cyber weapon which can disrupt American Power Grids affecting the day to day life of all Americans.

As per the information available to us from a cyber security firm named Dragos, Russian hackers have devised a cyber malware called CrashOverride which has the potential to disrupt any energy system in the world. The Maryland-based security firm asserts that the hackers from the said nation are now planning to cyber attack at least half of the electric grids of United States in 3Q of this year.

Researchers from Dragos have discovered that the cyber attack launched on Ukraine power grids in December’15 was caused by CrashOveride malware which briefly shut 1/5th of the electric power generated in Kiev.

Sergio Caltagirone, the director of threat intelligence- Dragos has said that hackers from Russia are now planning to cyber attack US power grids with the said malware by making some modifications to devastate electric transmission and distribution systems of entire United States.

A few days ago, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a media briefing in which he admitted that the attacks on US elections 2016 and on Hillary Clinton- the then presidential probable could be the work of some private hackers from Russia with whom the government is not associated in any way. He also added that the motive of these hackers is unknown to his government and in no way they are and will be funded by his government now and in near future.

US Cyber Security firm Dragos has named a group called Electrum behind the development of CrashOveride malware and said that the group is going to come up with something nasty affecting the industrial cyber security ecosystem by this year end.

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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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