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Utilities face increased risk of cyber attacks

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Utilities in the UK could face heightened risks of cyber attack around tensions surrounding the Russia-Ukraine dispute.

Radware, the cyber security specialist, said that there has been a spate of cyber attacks recently within the Ukraine, and the UK is now highlighted as an ‘at risk’ area.

“The reason is simple: cyber-attacks nowadays accompany physical and political conflicts. This is especially true for conflicts in this geographical arena,” Radware said.

Energy UK has warned it’s members to be vigilant and act quickly should a suspected attack be imminent to protect themselves.

A ‘Ring of Fire’ has been pin-pointed by Radware, with the Ukraine, Russia, USA and parts of Europe namely the UK, Germany and France being at risk, with organisations in these places that are most at risk being government agencies, the financial sector, utilities and infrastructure, news sites and e-commerce sites.

“Based on past experience, these attacks may include [distributed denial-of-service] attacks, site defacements, intrusion and data theft attempts, and possibly even attacks on critical infrastructure,” Radware said.

“The attack may be carried by hacktivists or by more professional organizations with government or political associations,” it added.

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