Researchers Say Russian Hackers Can Now Cause Major Power Outages

Hackers believed to be allied with the Russian government have devised a cyberweapon that has the potential to be highly disruptive against the world’s electrical systems, researchers reported on June 12.

The malware, which researchers have dubbed CrashOverride or Industroyer, is known to have disrupted the electrical system in Ukraine in December, briefly shutting down one-fifth of Kyiv’s electric power.

Dragos, one of the cybersecurity firms that identified the malware in a report on June 12, said Russian government hackers have shown an interest in targeting power grids in other countries as well, including the United States.