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Each company reported that they had been infected with BlackEnergy malware however we do not know whether the malware played a role in the cyber-attacks. The malware was reportedly delivered via spear phishing emails with malicious Microsoft Office attachments.
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Jan. 16, 2016: …..To prolong the outage, they also evidently launched a telephone denial-of-service attack against the utility’s call center to prevent customers from reporting the outage. TDoS attacks are similar to DDoS attacks that send a flood of data to web servers. In this case, the center’s phone system was flooded with bogus calls to prevent legitimate callers from getting through.

Then at some point, perhaps once operators became aware of the outage, the attackers “paralyzed the work of the company as a whole” with malware that affected PCs and servers . This likely refers to a program known as KillDisk that was found on the company’s systems. KillDisk wipes or overwrites data in essential system files, causing computers to crash. Because it also overwrites the master boot record, infected computers can’t reboot.

“The operators’ machines were completely destroyed by those erasers and destroyers,” Koval told WIRED.

“Lights Out”: Ted Koppel on electric grid cyber threats


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OCTOBER 27, 2015, 3:32 PM|What happens when terrorists go after U.S. power grids? Emmy and Peabody Award winner Ted Koppel investigates that question in his new book, “Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath.” The veteran newsman joins “CBS This Morning” to discuss the potentially massive toll from a possible full-scale cyberattack.


 How much damage can solar storms do?

When solar storms release solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CME) toward Earth, we can feel the effects here on the ground. They can interfere with our magnetic field and produce geo-magnetically induced currents (GICs). These GICs impact our electric grid and can cause permanent damage to critical grid components, including high-voltage transformers.

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Wind Energy Was Largest Source Of New US Electricity In 2014

Clean Power March 6th, 2015 by The American Wind Energy Association has commented on the US Department of Energy’s data released for 2014 this week, which showed that wind energy added “significantly more” electricity than any other resource across the year.
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