The US Department of Energy has announced a 100-day plan to strengthen the cybersecurity of the country's electricity infrastructure, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“The Energy Department today is announcing a 100-day plan to improve the cybersecurity of our country's electricity infrastructure,” the Energy Department said in a statement.
The plan calls for collaboration between the Department of Energy, private companies and the agency on cybersecurity and infrastructure security.
US power grid facilities have suffered from cyberattacks more than once. Washington believes that Russian hackers are behind some of these attacks.
For example, last week the US imposed sanctions on six Russian technology companies in response to "alleged misconduct," including a cyberattack on IT company SolarWinds. We are talking about hacking the systems of several American departments, including the Ministry of Energy.
The Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) called Washington's statements about the service's involvement in the cyberattack on SolarWinds "nonsense." The head of the Russian Foreign Service, Serhii Naryshkin, called the US accusations against the department headed by him a manifestation of unfair competition on the part of the American special services.