In 2017, a memo from Britain’s National Cybersecurity Centre (NCSC) revealed how the UK energy sector was likely to have been targeted and compromised by nation-state hackers, and warned that attacks attempting to compromise industrial control systems managed in facilities such as power stations are becoming more common.

The suspected attack on the Irish power grid reported through an anonymously-sourced report that hackers sent emails designed to trick Irish engineers at a power supply plant giving them access to take down parts of the power grid in Ireland, also serves as a reminder of the increasing threat to critical systems. Read more..