The U.S. warns its citizens about cyber-attacks on industrial and energy companies

The government of the U.S. recently issued a serious public warning that some hackers are attempting to target industrial and energy companies. This happens to be the most recent indication that cyber-attacks are still active and are increasingly causing threat to the power industry as well as various other public infrastructure areas. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security has warned people in and around the U.S. on October 20, 2017, that the aviation, energy, water, nuclear, as well as some critical manufacturing industries are being targeted along with some government entities in cyber-attacks that date back to the month of May this year.

The warning has been issued in a report that was further distributed by email to people on Friday. The agencies had warned people in the U.S. that hackers had successfully compromised certain targeted networks, but failed to identify specific victims or determine any cases of disruption. The report stated that the key motive of the attackers or hackers is to compromise administrative networks with malevolent emails as well as tainted websites to gain credentials for easily accessing computer networks of entities they are targeting.

Legal authorities in the U.S. have been monitoring their activities for several months, which they had initially mentioned in detail in a confidential report published in June this year. This report was secretly distributed to companies that faced the risk of cyber-attack, and precisely described a narrower set of activities that focused on the energy, nuclear, as well as critical manufacturing industries. Scott McConnell, a spokesman from the Department of Homeland Security refused to elaborate about the information given in the report or describe what motivated the government of the U.S. to reveal the information publicly this time.

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