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07.02.2018 15:56
Ukrenergo Will Invest in a Cyber Defense System for $20 Million
In 2015 and 2017, the state-owned power distributor experienced the first powerful attacks in the energy sector by hackers
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Ukraine’s state-run power distributor Ukrenergo, a leading target for cyberattacks in the past two years, will invest up to $20 million in a new cyber defense system, its chief executive said, cited by Reuters.
 
Vsevolod Kovalchuk told a news briefing that UKrenergo and international consultants had identified about 20 threats, all of which would be neutralized with the new system.
 
“We have developed a new concept of cyber security whose key goal is to make it physically impossible for external threats to affect the Ukrainian energy system,” he said. He added the defense would come into force in 2020 and include new software, as well as what he called administrative actions.
 
In December 2015, a first-of-its-kind cyberattack cut the lights to 225,000 people in western Ukraine, with hackers also sabotaging power distribution equipment, complicating attempts to restore power, Reuters reminded.
 
A year later, a cyberattack caused a power blackout in Ukraine’s capital Kiev. In June 2017 Ukrenergo appeared to be an early victim of a cyberattack that began in Ukraine and spread around the world, knocking out thousands of machines, shutting down ports, factories and offices in around 60 countries.

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