Global Cyberattack on Energy Sector Stokes Deep Fears

Global Cyberattack on Energy Sector Stokes Deep Fears

By John P. Mello Jr.

Sep 7, 2017 11:11 AM PT

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.

Dragonfly launched a simililar campaign from 2011 to 2014, but it entered a quiet period in 2014 after Symantec and others exposed its activities.

The current campaign began in December 2015, Symantec noted.

The firm found strong indications of Dragonfly activity in the United States, Turkey and Switzerland, and traces of activity in places outside those areas.

Dragonfly’s Most Recent Activities

The attackers have employed a number of methods to infect systems, including malicious emails, watering hole attacks and Trojanized software.

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