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GridFBI, DHS warn grid operators about cyber threats to power grid

Published 11 April 2016

The FBI and DHS are warning infrastructure operators about the potential cyberattacks on the U.S. power grid. The FBI and DHS have launched a nationwide campaign to alert power companies and security firms, a campaign which includes briefings and online Webinars.

Map of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) region grid // Source: commons.wikimedia.org

The FBI and DHS are warning infrastructure operators about the potential cyberattacks on the U.S. power grid.

The Washington Free Beacon reports that the FBI and DHS have launched a nationwide campaign to alert power companies and security firms, a campaign which includes briefings and online Webinars.

The campaign started late last month, in the wake of the 23 December cyberattack on Ukraine’s power infrastructure. The attack, carried out by Russian hackers affiliated with the Russian government, left hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians without power. 

The briefings by the FBI and DHS will offer details of the attacks, the methodology used by hackers who attack power infrastructure, and ways to limit the risk — and limit the damage once an attack has succeeded.