Chinese hackers have control of US power grid

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    SajeevJino Long walk Elite Member

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    Inside a Cage
    Tech company whose software and services remotely administers and
    monitor large sections of the US energy
    industry began warning customers about a
    sophisticated hacker attack.

    Telvent Canada said that digital
    fingerprints left behind by attackers point
    to a Chinese hacking group tied to
    repeated cyber-espionage campaigns
    against key Western interests.
    It looks like the hackers managed to get
    past the company firewall and security

    In letters sent to customers last week,
    Telvent Canada said the attack happened
    on September the 10th.

    The attackers installed malicious software
    and stole project files related to one of its
    core offerings — OASyS SCADA — a
    product that helps energy firms mesh
    older IT assets with more advanced
    “smart grid” technologies.
    The company said it was disconnecting
    the usual data links between clients and
    affected portions of its internal networks.
    Meanwhile it is looking for virus or
    malware files.

    According to, the
    company does not think that the
    intruders got any information that would
    enable them to gain access to a customer
    system or that any of the compromised
    computers have been connected to a
    customer system.
    Telvent said it was working with law
    enforcement and a task force of
    representatives from its parent firm,
    Schneider Electric.

    Joe Stewart, director of malware research
    at Dell SecureWorks said the Web site and
    malware names cited in the Telvent
    report map back to a Chinese hacking
    team known as the “Comment Group.”
    Comment Group has been involved in
    sophisticated attacks to harvest
    intellectual property and trade secrets
    from energy companies, patent law firms
    and investment banks.

    Chinese hackers have control of US power grid - Sparks fly on shocking news | TechEye

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