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Ransomware Shuts Gas Compressor for Days in Latest Attack

  • Alert comes amid increased concern about energy cybersecurity
  • Hackers shut several pipeline communication systems in 2018
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A recent ransomware attack caused a U.S. natural gas compressor facility to shut for two days, the latest in a string of attacks targeting the country’s energy infrastructure over the past few years.

Hackers sent emails with a malicious link, known as a phishing attack, to gain control of the facility’s information technology system, the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday in an alert. The agency didn’t say which facility was targeted, when the attack occurred or who was behind it.