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Think a cyber-attack can't happen to you? Telvent has been hacked, blogger claims

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By: SGN Staff

By Jesse Berst

 

Wired Magazine and blogger KrebsOnSecurity claim Telvent's network was breached this month. The attackers installed malicious software and also accessed project files for Telvent's OASyS SCADA system. One of the ways the infamous Stuxnet virus spread was to infect project files in a similar system made by Siemens.

 

The fear is that the attackers could reach through to Telvent customers. Vendors frequently pass project files through to customers. And they often remotely access customers' computers for purposes of customer support.

 

As far as we know, Telvent (a subsidiary of Schneider Electric) has taken the high road, notifying customers immediately and disconnecting its remote access until it finishes its investigation. At this point, all evidence is that the attackers were NOT able to infect any customer computers. But the company has obviously gotten the message that it must be more vigilant. Two days after discovering the breach, Telvent announced a partnership with Industrial Defender to expand its cyber security.

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Jesse Berst is the founder and chief analyst of Smart Grid News.com, the industry's oldest and largest smart grid site. A frequent keynoter at industry events in the U.S. and abroad, he also serves on advisory committees for Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the Institute for Electric Efficiency. He often provides strategic consulting to large corporations and venture-backed startups. He is a member of the advisory boards of GridGlo and Calico Energy Services.

 

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