Twist as RUSSIAN ‘wizard spider’ gang claims credit for nearly blacking out three MILLION homes in hacking attack – after China was blamed for the cyber strike
A powerful Russian organised 犯罪 group have claimed credit for a sophisticated hacking attack that came within minutes of shutting off power to three million Australian homes.
The Chinese government was initially blamed for a ‘sustained’ ransomware attack on CS Energy’s two thermal coal plants in クイーンズランド 11月 27.
Employees lost access to their emails and other critical internal data as hackers attempted to access generators circulating more than 3,500MW of electricity.
Wizard Spider – a notorious Saint Petersburg-based criminal gang wanted by the FBI and Interpol – have now claimed they were responsible for the major cyber attack.
Hackers came within minutes of shutting off power to three million Australian homes but were thwarted at the final hurdle. 写真: CS Energy’s Kogan Creek Power Station
The group use a software called Conti, an advanced ransomware capable of copying vast amounts of data from infected IT systems.
‘I haven’t seen anything linking this one to China,’ Robert Potter, a fellow at the Center for Rule-making Strategies at Tama University in Tokyo, Twitterに書いた.
‘So far the malware attribution seems to point to Conti, which is a Russian organised crime group.’
The attack would have knocked out power to between 1.4 そして 3 million homes with no way of knowing how long it might take to regain control of the generators.
The hackers were foiled after IT specialists came up with a brilliant last-minute move to block access, by separating the company’s corporate and operational computer systems.
Once the network was essentially cut in half, hackers had no way of seizing control of the generators.
People’s Liberation Army soldiers march in Beijing, China next to the entrance to the Forbidden City. The Communist regime was initially blamed for the ‘sustained’ ransomware attack
Sources with knowledge of the cyber infiltration attempt said the cyber-attackers were less than 30 minutes away from shutting down power.
Intelligence and Security Committee chairman Senator James Paterson warned urgent reforms were needed to beef up Australia cyber defence capabilities.
‘Our cyber vulnerabilities are increasing in complexity for two reasons: firstly, the increasingly interconnected digital nature of our lives,’ 彼は言った デイリーテレグラフ.
Scott Morrison last year revealed a malicious ‘state-actor’ launched a sophisticated and sustained cyber campaign to infiltrate Australian banks, transport networks, hospitals, universities, critical infrastructure and the military.
Wizard Spider – a notorious Saint Petersburg-based criminal gang – have now claimed they were responsible for the major cyber attack (file image of Saint Petersburg is pictured)
Security experts originally pointed the finger squarely at Beijing, with former officials claiming the cyber invasion was payback for Australia’s decision to ban Huawei from the national 5G network.
The Chinese telecommunications giant is the world’s largest 5G infrastructure builder but Canberra banned its involvement in Australia’s critical infrastructure rollout in August 2018, citing national security concerns.
それ以来, Canberra’s relationship with Beijing has deteriorated even further with the totalitarian state still furious over the government’s calls for an independent inquiry into the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The hackers were foiled after IT specialists came up with a brilliant last-minute move to block access (ストックイメージ)
Xi Jinping responded with billions of dollars worth of arbitrary bans and tariffs on a range of Australia’s exports.
But Australia is not alone when it comes to cyber attacks from Beijing.
Microsoft on Monday announced it ‘disrupted the activities of a China-based hacking group that we call Nickel’ which carried out attacks in the US and 28 other countries.
State actors working on behalf of Chinese President Xi Jinping (写真) were originally blamed for the cyber attack, but a Russian organised crime group have now claimed credit
‘We believe these attacks were largely being used for intelligence gathering from government agencies, think tanks and human rights organizations,’ the software giant said.
Last month the China targeted Indian utilities and infrastructure sites with cyber-attacks also trying to shut down a coal-fired power plant.
Taiwanese officials said their small democratic nation just 180km off the coast of China receives up to ‘five million attacks a day’ with the vast majority likely to be directed by Beijing.