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Africa's Energy Facilities Could Face More Sophisticated Attacks

From Voice of America

IAGS' Dr. Gal Luft was interviewed in a report on the the relationship between energy security and oil costs.

Gal Luft, an energy expert, said cyber attacks are a growing concern for energy companies.

"As cyber terrorists realize the vulnerability, they may improve their technical sophistication and eventually develop capabilities that could wreak havoc in global oil and gas markets," said Luft.

So far, the most serious cyber attacks have been aimed at power grids  rather than at oil or gas production. Luft said, however, that could change.

Meantime, oil prices that spiked right after the Algeria attack remain high.

 

 

EU Cybersecurity Strategy Under Fire

From IT Management:

February 05, 2013, 10:41 AM — The European Commission's long-awaited Cyber Security Strategy will be presented on Thursday and as written, it would force private companies, so-called "enablers of information society services," to report all data breaches or cyber security incidents to national authorities.

With leaked drafts of the text circulating in Brussels, the strategy has come under fire before it has even been formally announced. Industry leaders are worried that extending the scope of reporting mandates could harm business, while European digital rights group EDRi said that the move would give national authorities access to "sufficient information from almost everyone online" in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights. [...]

The Commission draft text says that "synergies between civilian and military approaches in protecting critical cyber assets should ...

Vulnerable: Persian Gulf Marine Security

From Defense Systems:

In one of the first visible effects on force readiness of the looming threat of across-the-board budget cuts scheduled to go into effect next month, the  Defense Department has delayed the deployment of the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman and USS Gettysburg to the Persian Gulf.

The two vessels were scheduled to depart Norfolk, Va., this week for the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

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Department of Energy Hacked

From CSO:

Bill Gertz, of The Washington Free Beacon, reported Monday that unnamed Energy Department officials confirmed that there had been an attack on servers at the agency's Washington headquarters about two weeks ago.

Gertz reported that the sources told him that 14 computer servers and 20 workstations were penetrated, that personally identifiable information of several hundred employees was compromised, but that no classified information was exposed.

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Buildings Vulnerable to Cyberattack

From Reuters

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Feb 5 (Reuters) - A widely used system for controlling electricity, heating and other systems inside buildings remains vulnerable to attacks over the Internet, despite warnings from U.S. officials, researchers said on Tuesday.

The Niagara control system from Honeywell International Inc's Tridium division are configured to connect to the Internet by default, even though that is not necessary for them to function, two researchers from security firm CyLance said at a security conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

 

In their presentation, the two researchers showed that some 21,000 Niagara systems used at hospitals and other facilities can currently be accessed via the public Internet, using a specialized search engine known as Shodan.

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