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Cyber Attacks On Compressor Stations Reported

A wave of unsuccessful cyber-attacks occurred against gas compression stations across the Midwest and Great Plains states between Jan. 16 and Feb. 23.


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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has reported that a wave of unsuccessful cyber-attacks occurred against gas compression stations across the Midwest and Great Plains states between Jan. 16 and Feb. 23.

The disclosure came in June 27 newsletter issued by the department’s Industrial Control Systems – Cyber Emergency Response Team.

DHS said the “brute force” assaults were against internet-facing compressor station control systems. In such an attack, the computer hacker tries to use every possible combination of letters, numbers and symbols until a password is exposed.

“While none of the brute force attempts were successful, these incidents highlight the need for constant vigilance on the part of industry asset owners and operators. The ability to detect anomalous network activity and network intrusions early in an incident greatly increases the chance of a successful mitigation and resolution,” the newsletter said.

 

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