Hackers may have compromised Britain’s energy grid, GCHQ has said as it warned that cyber criminals are targeting the country’s energy sector.
The security agency said industrial control systems may have already been the victim of attacks by nation state hackers.
GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre warned other sectors have also been affected in the series of attacks targeting Britain’s national infrastructure.
State-sponsored cyber criminals may have hacked into systems run by engineering, industrial control and water companies, according to the report, which was leaked to Motherboard. Some of the affected organisations could have access to critical systems.
“We are aware of reports of malicious cyber activity targeting the energy sector around the globe,” said the NCSC. “We are liasing with our counterparts to better understand the threat and continue to manage any risks to the UK.”