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Hacking Power Grids: New Tactic of War or Wave of the Future?

| Nov. 03, 2017


According to U.S. cybersecurity company Symantec, a hacking campaign dubbed Dragonfly 2.0 successfully infiltrated U.S. power plants over the past two years. The latest spate of incidents has been particularly alarming because the hackers appear to have accessed control systems at a handful of U.S. facilities. Symantec’s report speculates about the hack’s “potential for sabotage” and “disruptive purposes,” but doesn’t identify the hackers’ origins, saying only that they are “clearly an accomplished attack group.” Other researchers believe the culprits are linked to the Russian government, dovetailing with Ukraine’s allegations that Moscow was behind hacks against its power grids in 2015 and again in 2016.

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For Academic Citation: Kostyuk, Nadiya.“Hacking Power Grids: New Tactic of War or Wave of the Future?.” Russia Matters, November 3, 2017.