- Posted May 6, 2012 by
4-Month-Long Cyber Attack on Natural Gas Companies
Natural gas companies in the United States have been under cyber attack for the last 4 months and no let up in the attack is seen. Homeland Security has even issued 3 amber alerts, which is just one step below the most serious alarm of red.
A major cyber attack is currently underway aimed squarely at computer networks belonging to US natural gas pipeline companies, according to alerts issued to the industry by the US Department of Homeland Security.
At least three confidential "amber" alerts – the second most sensitive next to "red" – were issued by DHS beginning March 29, all warning of a "gas pipeline sector cyber intrusion campaign" against multiple pipeline companies. But the wave of cyber attacks, which apparently began four months ago – and may also affect Canadian natural gas pipeline companies – is continuing.
That fact was reaffirmed late Friday in a public, albeit less detailed, "incident response" report from the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT), an arm of DHS based in Idaho Falls. It reiterated warnings in the earlier confidential alerts made directly to pipeline companies and some power companies.
The threats from cyber attacks has been on the increase worldwide. The Department of Defense recently set up a special Cyber Security Command to deal with threats to the military.
From the Cornfield, the dangers we face are no longer restricted to an enemy we can see, but can come from the technological advances we have made as the world has become more electronically connected.