Recent press reports indicate that a cyber-attack disabled the third-party platform used by an oil and gas pipeline company to exchange documents with customers. Effects from the attack were largely confined because no other systems were impacted, including industrial controls for critical infrastructure. The attack comes on the heels of an FBI and Department of Homeland Security alert warning of Russian attempts to target industrial control systems, as well as an indictment against Iranian nationals for attacking private, education, and government intuitions, including FERC. These incidents are raising questions about cybersecurity across the US pipeline network.
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In the wake of an attack last year on an electric substation in California, four U.S. Senators have written a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, urging them to adopt mandatory standards for physical security at electric power facilities.
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