Published on January 7th, 2020 📆 | 4639 Views ⚑0
National Grid on alert for Iran cyberattack on power network as all employees warned of ‘suspicious emails’
BRITAIN is on alert for electricity network cyberattacks from Iran – in the fallout after its senior general was killed by the US.
National Grid has emailed its employees warning them to be vigilant and look out for suspicious messages, The Times reports.
The email sent on Sunday said: “Iranian authorities and sympathisers are expected to retaliate, and government agencies are asking operators of critical national infrastructure and their employees to remain vigilant.
“While there is no specific intelligence indicating a direct threat to National Grid, we are mindful there is a historical basis for correlating cyberattacks with political conflict, along with physical actions.
“As such, we ask each of you to be watchful in your daily work and report any unusual behaviour or suspicious emails.”
Despite America being the likely target for retaliation, Britain is also at risk, after President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead to attack Iran.
And with Iran blamed for past cyberattacks – such as on the Post Office in 2018 and parliament in 2017 – the National Grid has prepped employees.
The terrorism threat for the UK electricity sector was raised in October from “low” to “moderate”.
National Grid said: “The threat of cyberattack is an ongoing issue so, as you would expect, we’re asking colleagues to remain vigilant.”
If hackers were able to disrupt the National Grid’s energy supply, millions of homes could be left without power.
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In August parts of the county was shut down in blackouts, in the first major outage since 500,000 lost power in London in 2003.
A million people across the UK were plunged into darkness after two National Grid generators spectacularly failed, with large parts of London, the South East, Liverpool, Glasgow, Wales, Gloucestershire and Manchester all without power.
Last year we told how the FBI, Homeland Security and GCHQ discovered 40 per cent of the UK’s key infrastructure is highly vulnerable to attack.
Cyberwarfare is a growing global concern as hackers develop more skills and are harder to trace.
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Iran is now seen as a strong cyberpower, having caused disruption in the UK before.
This week hackers claiming to represent Iran took control of a US government website.
A doctored image of President Donald Trump bleeding from the mouth, along with a message boasting of Iran’s cyber strength, appeared on the Federal Depository Library Program’s website.