Hacking attacks against utility companies soar

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Hacking attacks against utility companies soar

The number of hacking attacks against utility companies has soared by 90 per cent, according to SecureWorks.

The managed security services company found that from May to September an average of 93 hacking attacks were directed at each of its utility clients a day, compared to 49 attacks per day between January and April.

“When researching these new statistics, we found that web browser threats represented a large number of the attacks attempted against our clients, particularly our utility customers,” said Wayne Haber, director of development at SecureWorks, in a statement.

SecureWorks urged utility providers to implement internet usage policies for their employees, regularly update security software and educate workers on the latest social engineering tactics used by attackers.

The US-based corporation has over 1,800 clients including 100 utility providers.

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