The administration of US President Joe Biden is developing a new plan to protect the country’s electricity sector from cyber attacks, Bloomberg reports, citing sources.
According to the agency’s interlocutors, Deputy Assistant to the US President for National Security Ann Nyberger and the country’s Energy Minister Jennifer Granholm discussed this issue with industry representatives on March 16. The plan includes a new strategy for cooperation with companies to prevent hacking. It is noted that in the coming weeks it will be presented.
According to the report, the US authorities decided to start with the power grid, as they are important for the economy of the United States. In addition, it indicates that they decided so in connection with the increased attacks on these networks, which are carried out by foreign hackers.
Earlier, the US corporation Microsoft reported the discovery of four critical zero-day vulnerabilities in its messaging service. According to the company, the security gaps found have already been exploited by a professional group of hackers from China — Hafnium, who attacked a number of US departments, organizations, universities, government contractors, NGOs, and analytical centers in order to steal classified data.
Before that, it became known that an unknown hacker tried to poison a city in the United States by hacking a water treatment plant.