Hackers Strike Smart Grid Control Supplier

A company that manufactures a control system for Smart Grid networks has been attacked by hackers who have gained access to sensitive files that help control the grid, Wired magazine reports.

Telvent, a subsidiary of Schneider Electric, reported to customers that malicious software had been installed on the network and that the attackers had accessed files for the company’s SCADA control system.

The system that came under attack is used not only for Smart Grid control but also in oil and pipeline systems in North America and some water networks, according to Dale Peterson of security firm Digital Bond.

“The breach raises concerns that hackers could embed malware in project files to infect the machines of program developers or other key people involved in a project,” observes Wired.

Telvent noted in a letter to customers:

“Although we do not have any reason to believe that the intruder(s) acquired any information that would enable them to gain access to a customer system or that any of the compromised computers have been connected to a customer system, as a further precautionary measure, we indefinitely terminated any customer system access by Telvent.”

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