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Hackers linked to Russian government attacked Irish energy company, - The Times
20:47, 15 July 2017
Hackers linked to Russian government attacked Irish energy company, - The Times

The cyberattack did not lead to malfunctions in the power system, but the attackers could steal confidential information, including passwords

20:47, 15 July 2017

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Ireland's power supply systems have been hacked. Presumably, people associated with the government of the Russian Federation stay behind this, reports The Times.

According to the report, the cyberattack to the Irish Electricity Supply Board (ESB) occurred in June. Hackers sent messages to the staff, and these messages contained malicious programs.

The publication stated that persons have examples of such letters, which, according to an informed source, were sent to engineers who have access to power system monitoring systems. The aim of the attackers, according to the source, was to cut off part of the power system of Northern Ireland.

According to the publication, the cyberattack did not lead to malfunctions in the power system, but the attackers could steal confidential information, including passwords.

The National Center for Cybersecurity of Ireland confirms this information. Now the investigation of this incident is underway.

Security experts believe that Ireland has become "a testing ground for wars in cyberspace that are conducted by the teams of the Intelligence Service of Russia, and potentially one of several EU countries that the Russian Federation can seek to destabilize."

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