Christmas Blackout in the Ukraine

In March 2015, at our SPARKS Stakeholder workshop, the SPARKS team demonstrated how attackers could use a combination of social engineering and custom malware to disrupt energy generation and distribution. Coordinated across three different geographical locations, the attack began with a phishing email to an administrator, continued with lateral movement from that administrative environment into […]

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Smart Grid Security Innovation

As we call out on the SPARKS overview webpage, our project aims to provide innovtive solutions to ensure the cybersecurity and resilience of smart grids.  Those innovations include technological advancements, particulary through our four mini-projects: 1) intrustion detection systems for SCADA, 2) cyberattack-resilient control systems, 2) security analytics for Smart Grid, and 4) use of […]

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Cascading Risk: The Lloyds “Business Blackout” Report

In early July, Lloyds published “Business Blackout: The insurance implications of an cyber attack on the US power grid”, a study of the financial impact of a hypothetical electric grid failure scenario in the US. Developed jointly with the University of Cambridge Center for Risk Studies, it is an very important report not only for […]

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Steel Mills and the Security of Critical Infrastructure

In late December, the German government issued a report about a cyber attack on a steel mill that resulted in significant damage to that facility. The attack has received extensive publicity since then, from the BBC to YouTube, including a detailed analysis of the attack by SANS. Many of these reports, call such as the […]

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The Dragonfly Attack

Symantec recently released a comprehensive Security Response describing a 2013 cyber-attack on US energy infrastructure, dubbed “Dragonfly“ (also known as “Energetic Bear”. F-Secure has been tracking one of the malware variants used, called Havex.) The attack used spear-phishing, water-holing and  Remote Access Trojans to compromise a number of important organizations in the United States, Spain, […]

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