The US Department of Energy (DoE) is planning a “hands-on” test of the real-world consequences associated with successful cyberattacks against core country services. Cyberattacks levied against critical infrastructure, smart grids, and utilities are not a future possibility; but rather, they are happening now. Ukraine’s power grid blackout in 2016 was one of the first real indicators that if there are bugs which can be exploited, critical services are just as vulnerable as the average consumer or business to cyberthreats. The malware responsible for the attack in Ukraine — which caused the city of Kiev to lose power for an hour — has been dubbed Industroyer by ESET researchers.
ORIGINAL SOURCE: ZDNet