Podcast: A Utility Ransomware Attack, Post-Hurricane

What are utility and power companies, and federal agencies, doing to ready themselves for potential ransomware attacks? Threatpost discusses.

A “critical water utility” was hit by a recent ransomware attack, significantly impeding the service in the week after Hurricane Florence hit the East Coast of the U.S. The Onslow Water and Sewer Authority (ONWASA) said in a Monday release that a “sophisticated ransomware attack… has left the utility with limited computer capabilities.” While customer data was not compromised as part of the attack, the lack of computing ability will impact the timeliness of service from ONWASA “for several weeks to come.”

Threatpost’s Lindsey O’Donnell talks to Katherine Gronberg, who heads government affairs at ForeScout, about the incident and the level of awareness and readiness within federal and utility organizations for these types of threats.

 

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