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Energy sector was major target of cyber attacks, DHS says


From the January 14, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published January 14, 2013

Cyber attacks against the energy sector accounted for 41 percent (82) of the 198 cyber incidents reported to the Department of Homeland Security’s Industrial Control Systems-Cyber Emergency Response Team in fiscal 2012. The water sector had the second highest number of incidents, with 29 (15 percent), according to the latest issue of the ICS-CERT Monitor newsletter. The nuclear sector reported six cyber incidents in fiscal 2012, but ICS-CERT said it was "not aware of any compromises into control networks."

The agency said it investigated the well-publicized report that a water utility in Springfield, Ill., was supposedly hacked, but "found no evidence of a cyber intrusion into the SCADA system of the water utility." A pump failure was likely due to high mineral content that caused excessive wear, the agency said.

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