Cyber attack shuts down power plant

Authorities say hackers, likely with the backing of a country, launched a cyber-attack against power plant software, shutting down operations at the as-yet unidentified power plant.

California-based cybersecurity company FireEye Inc. told Reuters about the incident Thursday. The software targeted was made by Schneider Electric, according to reports.

Schneider said it could confirm the attack targeted its Triconex industrial safety suite, which is used in the energy industry to automate fossil-fired and nuclear power plants.

The victim of the attack, duration of the outage or the location of the plant are as yet unknown, but one cybersecurity firm interviewed by Reuters said the plant may be sited in Saudi Arabia.

According to Accenture, nearly two-thirds of utility executives think their country could see blackouts due to a cyber attack soon.

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