Much has been made of the threat to the US critical infrastructure from a cyberattack – with particular emphasis on the energy sector. The recent hacking of Energy Transfer Partners, a leading supplier of pipelines for crude oil and natural gas, has therefore set alarm bells ringing.
It appears that hackers breached the company’s supply chain via a data exchange software platform managed by a third party that processes customer transactions. Energy Transfer Partners states that its business has not been adversely affected by the attack and that all systems are up and running again.
While the culprit is as yet unknown, this incursion fuels further speculation and paranoia about the possibility of Russian interference in the US critical infrastructure community. The Department of Homeland Security is on the case.