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U.S. Government Issues Powerful Cyberattack Warning As Gas Pipeline Forced Into Two Day Shut Down

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U.S. Government Issues Powerful Cyberattack Warning As Gas Pipeline Forced Into Two Day Shut Down

A major cyberattack has hit a gas compression facility, forcing it to shut it down for two days as it struggled to recover, according to an alert from the U.S. government.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) said it had responded to the ransomware attack on a natural gas facility, but it did not reveal when the incident took place, or the identity of the victim organization.

The attack happened because the adversary was able to hop from the gas compression facility’s IT network onto the operational technology (OT) network when an employee mistakenly clicked on a malicious email link.

Once in, the attacker deployed the data-encrypting malware, ransomware, on both networks.

What is operational technology?

Defined by analyst Gartner as “hardware and software that detects or causes a change through the direct monitoring and/or control of physical devices, processes and events in the enterprise,” OT is often found in industrial control systems such as supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems.

Read more: https://inhomelandsecurity.com/u-s-government-issues-powerful-cyberattack-warning-as-gas-pipeline-forced-into-two-day-shut-down/