A ransomware cyberattack hit a major energy network operated by CS Energy, that attack could have had dramatic consequences leaving millions of homes without energy.
The attack took place on Saturday, November 27, experts believe it was launched by Chinese hackers.
The attack was detected and neutralized just in time, before it had the potential to shut down two major thermal coal plants.
“If the attack had been successful, 3500 megawatts of power would have been taken out of the grid, enough for between 1.4 and three million homes.” reported the website News.com.au.
The quick response of CS Energy avoided the catastrophe, the CEO Andrew Bills explained that the company isolate the corporate network from the Callide and Kogan Creek power stations to prevent impacting their generators.
The company notified Federal and state agencies and retained cyber security experts to investigate the incident.
“CS Energy moved quickly to contain this incident by segregating the corporate network from other internal networks and enacting business continuity processes,” Mr Bills said. “Unfortunately, cyber events are a growing trend in Australia and overseas. This incident may have affected our corporate network, but we are fortunate to have a resilient and highly skilled workforce who remain focused on ensuring CS Energy continues to deliver electricity to Queenslanders.”
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(SecurityAffairs – hacking, ransomware)