"Energetic Bear" Hack Attack
Updated: Wednesday, July 2 2014, 12:14 AM CDT
GLOBAL TARGETING -- Massive hack attacks are targeting the US energy grid and it could cost the country billions of dollars. It's a cyber war on a global scale. Key systems of hundreds of US and European energy companies have been infected by a sophisticated cyber weapon. This according to a report by leading online security company "Symantec." The company says a state backed group with apparent ties to Russia is behind the breach.
"It's very serious. Just last year in 2013 trend micro noted that 58 percent of the thousands of hack attacks directed at the energy sector were emanating from Russian hackers. Whether they be patriotic or part of the regime is unbeknownst to anyone," says Tom Kellerman, Trend Micro's Chief Cyber Security Officer.
The actual malware virus being used is called "energetic bear" and allows hackers to monitor energy consumption in real time or cripple actual systems like wind turbines, gas pipelines and power plants.
According to the report over the last 18 months, this group of hackers with access to "energetic bear" have compromised the computers systems of more than one thousand organizations in 84 countries. Early infections appear to be based solely around espionage.