Middle East tensions remain high after drone attacks on Saudi oil facilities

The attacks early on Saturday morning knocked 5% off the world’s total oil supply

Cyberattacks on London’s power grid ‘could cost £111m a day’

A new report suggests a cyberattack on the capital city’s electricity networks would be likely to disrupt more than 1.5 million people

Two tankers reportedly hit by ‘torpedo attacks’ in Gulf of Oman

News sources suggest two tankers operated by Frontline and Bernhard Schulte have been damaged off the coast of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates

‘All energy suppliers vulnerable to cyber attacks’

Power utilities are poorly equipped to deal with increasingly frequent and unpredictable cybersecurity threats. That’s according to a survey of 1,200 global utilities conducted by consultancy EY, in which all organisations responding said their defences against hackers did not match up to their needs. It also found 58% of these companies in the energy sector […]

Hackers attack power plant’s safety systems

Hackers have attacked the safety systems of at least one power plant, halting operations. That’s according to technology firm Schneider Electric and security company FireEye, which have as yet declined to disclose the nature or location of the facility. The critical Triconex safety systems, which were developed by Schneider, help industrial control units used in […]

Cyber attack training scenario hits energy sector

A cyber security training programme has been launched to help the energy sector defend itself against people trying to hack its systems and damage vital infrastructure. The European Network for Cyber Security’s (ENCS) training casts participants as hackers and defenders in a live attack scenario upon an electricity grid, using a simulated company called Gridnet. […]

Spies and bombs threaten Canadian energy

A Canadian spy agency says the nation’s energy firms are at high risk from espionage and terrorism. According to newspaper reports, a classified document from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) warns the sector has become a global target for both cyber and real-world attacks. It suggests companies involved in financial transactions with foreign states […]

Attack on Syrian gas field “kills at least 90”

Dozens were killed when a Syrian gas field was overrun by militants from the group formerly known as ISIS earlier this week, according to an NGO. The death toll was estimated to be at least 90 by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Friday. The figure includes Syrian national soldiers, workers and security guards […]

Iraq oil refinery attacked by insurgents

Iraq’s largest oil refinery was attacked by insurgents yesterday prompting crude oil prices to tremble close to a 52-week high. Video footage appeared to show smoke rising from the Baiji oil refinery as ISIS militants crept closer to the capital Baghdad. Iraq’s army claimed it drove off the attackers however conflicting reports suggested a large […]