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Putin’s hackers hit Ireland’s power grid

by on17 July 2017

Putin and Trump will just say it is just leprechauns

Kremlin-based hackers targeted Ireland's power grid in another cyberattack on UK's critical infrastructure in exactly the sort of attack which is being dismissed as fake news.

The IB Times reported that it is believed the hackers who attempted to infiltrate the Irish power grid had ties to Russia's intelligence agency GRU. The Russian hacker group Fancy Bear, which is widely believed to be responsible for the cyberattacks targeting US democratic parties during the 2016 presidential elections, has also been previously linked to the GRU.

However both President Putin who ordered the attack, and President Trump who benefited from the attack have said it never happened so you don’t need to worry.

Security experts reportedly believe that the Russian hackers intended to compromise control systems and targeted senior engineers of Ireland's Electricity Supply Board (ESB) with phishing emails.

The Irish energy networks were not disrupted, but security experts reportedly believe hackers stole data, including passwords, and may have gained access to internal networks.

Ireland, which is home to the European headquarters of major American tech giants such as Facebook, Apple and others, is being used as a testing ground by Russian hackers.

Ireland's National Cyber Security Centre, however, confirmed that it was working on the matter. The attacks are similar to ones carried out against American nuclear and power companies.

Last modified on 17 July 2017
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