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The Ministry of the Interior warned the energy sector about cyber attacks on its networks across the EU

Ministry of the Interior issued this Thursday a general notice to all companies involved in any type of critical infrastructures of the energy sector step up its internal controls in the face of the risk of cyberattacks in the midst of sector catharsis in Europe due to the war in Ukraine, according to La Información and sources from the ministry itself. As usual in such cases, in the team Fernando Grande-Marlaska and the Minister of Security are in constant contact with National Critical Infrastructure Defense and Cybersecurity Center (CNPIC) and “as a result of its experts’ analysis of the risk of intrusions into the infrastructure of the energy sector of the European Union, this center recommended that Spanish companies in this sector strengthen their cybersecurity mechanisms.”

While no official culprits have been identified for cyberattacks on energy infrastructure companies and networks, sector sources warn that the conflict he is involved in Russia, in anticipation of cutting off the gas and oil supplies it sends to Europe and further stressing the markets, and which is a common source of this kind of intrusion into computer systems around the world, is beyond doubt. In the midst of an energy war with the EU Kremlin He would be one of the first to be interested in the occurrence of power outages and accidents in the energy system among European partners, immersed in the process of refusing Russian gas supplies and relying on renewable energy sources.

In this regard, the Ministry of the Interior has appealed to all companies, public and private, that may be subject to a cyber attack on their critical infrastructure and cause almost systemic damage to the entire state. A very clear example Spanish Electricity Network (REE) which controls the high and low voltage lines that supply electricity to Spanish homes and businesses. Distortion in their systems could be fatal for millions of users and thousands of companies that rely on electricity supplies to operate. The company, which did not wish to comment further on this information, has just received a message from CNPIC to put itself in the position of high availabilitythat is, because there is a high probability that they will try to hack into your systems.

The whole sector is in suspense

From a technical standpoint, infrastructure sector sources involved in this type of security process warn that when an organization such as CNPIC recommends maximum vigilance to any of the companies under surveillance, it is because a serious cyber attack on their systems has already been detected and it is necessary to remove all possible obstacles. That is why the warning sent from the Ministry of the Interior at the height of the war caused alarm in most of the energy companies in this country. This applies not only to infrastructure managers such as REE or Enagás, but also to other organizations such as a waste management company or large electric and oil companies, who embarked on investment careers in renewable energy at the height of the green transition process.

Security business sources warn that developments in Europe and Russia’s decision to start shutting off gas supplies through Poland, however minor so far, is one factor that has prompted security experts at the ministry to raise their alert levels. power grids in Spain and throughout Europe. The European Union is also preparing sixth package of economic sanctions against Russia, which already intends to clearly impose a restriction on the supply of oil, one of Putin’s largest sources of financing the war in Ukraine and the previous step to begin cutting off gas supplies in the medium term. Intention Finland joins NATO and Putin’s call to discuss this issue with his leadership also contributed to the further tension of the situation.

Although the alert was launched in large companies with systemic consequences in the sector, small companies engaged in renewable generation or small structure management also put their computer control and communication systems on guard to avoid a greater evil, as they pointed out from various associations.

CNPIC continuously monitors over 600 critical points which may be subject to any attack by hackers on their systems, although the plans that are prepared and revised every year in all sectors in which it is involved include maintaining contacts and regular meetings with more than 250 companies and organizations from around the world. , type, public and private. With this method, and after nearly a decade and a half of experience, more than 10,000 cyber attacks have been detected and prevented in 2021.


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