Hacker Group Targets Energy Sector Worldwide

The hacker group known as “Dragonfly” is behind sophisticated wave of recent cyberattacks on the energy sectors of Europe and North America, Symantec reported Wednesday. The attacks could provide the group with the means to severely disrupt energy operations on both continents. Symantec found strong indications of Dragonfly activity in the United States, Turkey and Switzerland, and traces of activity in places outside those areas. “The U.S. power grid is large and complex, and there isn’t a single switch that turns off the electricity for the entire United States,” said Eric Chien, technical director of Symantec’s Security Response and Technology Division. “However, access to operational systems within multiple energy sector organizations could lead to significant disruption.” Security researchers have yet to determine the motives behind the energy sector attacks.

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